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Caroline Martin

I come from ‘resolute women’. I have a genetic responsibility to ensure that their sacrifice and our connection to country is never forgotten, but always maintained.

Caroline Martin

Managing Director, Yalukit Marnang

About Me

Caroline Martin is a direct descendant of the Briggs family and Traditional Owner of Boonwurrung Country; her traditional lands extend from the Werribee River inland Melbourne, Port Phillip and Westernport Bays and along the Mornington Peninsula coast to Wilson’s Promontory.

Caroline is an experienced Senior Manager and Senior Policy Adviser in a broad range of environments including Arts and Culture, Tourism, Early Childhood, Education, Employment and the Victorian Public Sector. Caroline has also held many committee membership and executive roles on a vast variety of Boards of Management for over 30 years.

Caroline also has many years of experience as a public speaker at a range of local, national and international conferences, as well as many years experience officiating events, as a Master Of Ceremonies (MC) for small, medium and large scale forums and events.

Caroline’s most recent achievement is managing Koorie community engagement and involvement in the development of the First Peoples exhibition, Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at the Melbourne Museum which opened in September 2013. First Peoples has won national and international awards and is viewed as best practice in community engagement.

In December 2015, Caroline resigned from her position of 12 years, Manager Bunjilaka at Melbourne Museum, to create her own cultural strengthening business, Yalukit Marnang.

Yalukit Marnang is a First Nations owned and operated business, passionate about developing and delivering programs that aim to strengthen cultural competencies and professional capabilities. Caroline’s core values of inclusiveness, cultural safety and respect underpin every aspect of her work.

With over 30 years experience working in her community and in the public sector, Caroline has consolidated all of her varied experiences to create programs that enable everyone to work together to understand and engage in Our Shared History; with the ultimate goal of ensuring better health and wellbeing outcomes for the First Peoples of this Country.

Qualifications

Senior Manager and Senior Policy Adviser in a broad range of environments including Arts and Culture, Tourism, Early Childhood, Education, Employment and the Victorian Public Sector.
Koorie Advisory member - Circus Oz
Aboriginal Advisory Committee to the Board of the National Trust of Australia
Chairperson of Aboriginal Tourism Victoria
National Indigenous Taskforce Member for the return of Ancestral Remains
Executive member of the Common Fate Board
ATSIC Regional Councilor (Vic)
Caroline is an alumnus for the Committee for Melbourne, and Winston Churchill Fellow.

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