Ahri Tallon is a youth worker, community organiser and community development worker based in Murwillumbah, NSW; Moorang-Moobar of the Bundjalung language group. After working in systems advocacy and campaigning organisations for most of his life his interest has transitioned towards community work where he seeks opportunities to work with young men to support healthy masculinity, mental health, positive identities and community participation. His long-term goal is to find ways to weave together youth work, rites of passage, economic development and regenerative farming through a local place based community development approach.
Commercial Professional Experience
Richard graduated in Commerce and Law at University of Queensland. He has gained extensive commercial experience over 35 years in his professional career, including through senior positions in Queensland Treasury, Hong Kong Bank, Thiess Contractors, REST Industry Super and in a private investment business. These positions have involved fulfilling roles on numerous Boards.
The above roles allowed Richard to gain extensive experience in governance, management, finance and banking, capital raisings, project management and development, infrastructure investment, funds management and facilities management.
Community Service Experience
Throughout his professional life, Richard has always found time to serve community not-for-profit organisations, including with:
- Suicide Prevention Pathways Inc (SPP)
- Housing First Ltd
- CaSPA Aged Care
- Fingal Head Coastcare (FHC)
- Tweed Regional Gallery Foundation
- Master of Business Administration (HR Major) – Southern Cross University 2012
- Bachelor of Arts (Psychology Major) – James Cook University 1986
- Associate Management Accountant – Institute of Certified Management Accountants 2017
- Choice Theory & Reality Therapy Certification – William Glasser Institute 2013
- Accredited National Level Coach – Sport of Touch Football – 1992
Professional & Community Involvements:
- Secretary – Horse Whispering Youth Program Inc – 2011 to present (community)
- Secretary – RiverTracks Inc – 2010 to present (community)
- General Manager Finance, Admin & HR – UniSport Australia – 1998 to 2019 (work)
- Chief Executive Officer – Qld & North Qld Touch Football Association – 1986 to 1998 (work)
- Managing Director – Quality Choice Pty Ltd – 2010 to present (own business)
Lara Lei is the coordinator of Indigenous programs for the Murwillumbah Community Centre which includes the Kinship Festival; a large community festival celebrating indigenous culture held annually and the Kids Connecting to Country Program; an after school program for indigenous youth and their families to practice culture and maintain community connection. She has lived in the local community for over 15 years and is an active and passionate community member.
Previous Board & Other experience
- Board member of National Trust of Australia (Victoria) 4 years
- Councillor City of Melbourne (approx 10 years)
- Chairman of Parks and Gardens committee
- Member of Finance Committee
- Chairman of the Royal Park design competition committee and subsequent implementation
- Director of City of Melbourne Employment Institute. A company set up by City of Melbourne to offer employment to local residents in dismantling the Flemington sale yards. CMEI provided carpentry and business training to employees who re-purposed timber from the yards, made and sold furniture from the timber. CMEI also created a local business hub in the saleyard offices and provided start-up training and support for local small businesses
- Director of Moomba Festival Pty Ltd. Annual carnival / festival in Melbourne
- Diploma Australian Institute of Company Directors and am a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
Kerry has a degree in Social Sciences and qualifications in Complex Trauma. She has worked in various community development and community service roles both internationally and domestically. Alongside this, Kerry has held several voluntary advocacy positions, on the boards of VoiceUp, the Alliance for Forgotten Australians and the Wattle Place Forgotten Australians consultative forum.
Most recently, Kerry has been involved with helping to coordinate the Community Donations and Volunteer Hubs in Murwillumbah in response to the floods. Kerry brings to RiverTracks a personal understanding through her own lived experience, and healing journey out of intergenerational and developmental trauma.