General Manager, Northern Region
Michael is a well-respected Iwaidja man and Traditional Owner of Wauk (Murgenella) in Western Arnhem Land. A former Australian Football League draftee and player with the Brisbane Bears (1991 to 1992), Michael’s career was cut short due to injuries and thus he entered the Australian Public Service in 1995.
For 18 years, Michael project and program managed national housing and infrastructure projects for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) and subsequently for the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).
ATSIC National Programs included various housing infrastructure priority projects, the Remote Areas Essential Services Program and the National Aboriginal Health Strategy. The latter project aimed to improve environmental health issues through the construction of new housing, and upgrading power, water, sewage and drainage systems in remote Indigenous communities.
Michael spent three years as an Australian Government Director on the Board of the Territory Alliance consortium that consisted of Sitzler Pty, Laing O’Rourke and McMahon Services Australia Pty Ltd for the 10 year $1.7 billion Northern Territory National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing. Michael was directly involved in program managing six works packages that consisted of 518 new houses, over 700 refurbishments and construction of new subdivision infrastructure for the Maningrida, Gunbalanya, Alice Springs, Tiwi Islands and Groote Eylandt communities.
Michael brings an extensive knowledge of Australian and Northern Territory Government policies, processes and expectations. He drives new opportunities for Intract to deliver social and economic development outcomes to Close the Gap on Indigenous disadvantage across the Northern Territory.