Coongan is a Traditional Owner Project Management Agency committed to community
impact by having more of our people working collectively on country.
COMMUNITY IMPACT & CULTURAL AWARENESS TRAINING
CONSERVATION & ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
HERITAGE & CULTURAL MANAGEMENT ADVISORY
Our vision has always been to build a strong, multi-disciplinary project team of talented people who are working on-country to strengthen community through collective caretaking of our country and the environment.
That’s why we continue to invest in training and up-skilling Nyiyaparli (and Pilbara Aboriginal people) and seek out opportunities to contribute to meaningful projects in a way that cares for the land and our people.
When working with us, our valued clients gain access to local community connections and knowledge, combined with our technical capability and specific expertise to work closely with more Aboriginal people in the Pilbara.
Our dedicated and qualified team of skilled consultants, technicians and trainers proudly deliver:
• Community Impact & Cultural Awareness Training;
• Conservation & Environmental Services;
• Heritage & Cutural Management Advisory.
We are a capable, genuinely committed and reliable team and we look forward to working with you.
Meet The Team
Director & Owner
Bradley is a Nyiyaparli, Njamal man who grew up in Marble Bar and Yandeyarra with a passion for getting grassroots programs and projects off the ground. He has spent the last 20 years working in the Native Title space promoting policy that enables his community to sustainably protect their cultural and land assets.
Bradley now owns and manages a diverse group of companies including Coongan Pty Ltd, Red Country Management Pty Ltd and Nana D Technologies Pty Ltd – which all aim to see Nyiyaparli working together on their country.
Before starting his companies, Bradley worked on stations and in the resources industry in heritage management for 15 years. He has also held various Aboriginal Corporation Directorships, management roles and committee positions. He has a special interest in making sure young people are getting a quality education.
In his spare time, Brad enjoys spending time with his family and is often seen touring around Australia with his band playing good old country music!
Chief Executive Officer
Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce, Masters in Applied Neuroscience, Dipolma Project Management and currently studing Bachelor of Complimentary Medicine.
Chantal leads a talented, multidisciplinary team to deliver a range of projects in the areas of conservation, heritage management and community impact. She focuses on working in partnership with community and embedding strong business fundamentals so Aboriginal participation is prioritised on all projects.
Chantal has over 20 years of experience working with Aboriginal communities, government agencies and the resources sector across the country in community development, project management and strategic planning. She also has tactical, commercial experience of establishing and growing a range of sustainable businesses in the last decade.
As a business strategist and behavioural change expert, Chantal understands the value of Aboriginal owned organisations playing a lead role in strategic planning to create enduring benefits from social and economic development. She continues to advocate for unique partnerships that leverage innovative application of capabilities across fields of expertise and new models of collaboration.
Community Impact Manager
Amber has over 15 years of experience in project administration, communications and executive-level support in the resources sector and for local councils. She has the ability to genuinely connect with clients to understand what they want and works closely with her team to make it happen whilst building solid working relationships.
Amber manages all aspects of our business support functions and leads a team of administration, finance, logistics, human resources and qualifed personnel who do most of the important behind-the-scenes work. She also provides executive support to our Director and coordinates our community initiatives including the Thala Boxes and Red Country Music Festival.
Amber has an impressive skill of anticipating what may come up and facilitates a brilliant customer service experience for our valued clients. She works to kept clients informed and ensures we work together to see more activities delivering on Nyiyaparli country with the involvement of Aboriginal people.
Project Support Manager
Evelyn oversees our portfolio of projects in the areas of heritage management and environmental conservation. She provides a range of support to clients who are working on Nyiyaparli country and aims to strategically increase Aboriginal participation on all of our projects.
Evelyn is originally from New Zealand’s North Island, East Coast and of the Te Whanau A Apanui people before living in the Pilbara whilst she raised her children. She is an intrinsically motivated individual with a professional background in the mining industry. She has nearly a decade of experience with Rio Tinto as a Superintendent of Native Title Agreements and still has links to Pilbara Aboriginal groups through her gorgeous grandchildren.
Evelyn is a collaborative team player with an impeccable work ethic and a natural drive for achieving outcomes. She is equipped with solid experience in the delivery of administrative support services, project management and stakeholder communications.
Cultural Awareness Training Facilitator
Noel grew up in the Pilbara and has always had a passion to share information with people who are working and living on Nyiyaparli country.
Noel has held roles in community development with resource companies and has five years experience delivering engaging cultural awareness sessions with a range of clients on Nyiyaparli country.
Noel is currently doing the TAESS00014 Enterprise Trainer-Presenting Skill Set as a way of upskilling and keeping training methods innovative and engaging.
Heritage Project Coordinator
Currently recruiting for this role.
Environmental Project Coordinator
Darren has been running our environmental projects for the past seven years as an intergral part of our leadership team. He is responsible for coordinating the activities of all our projects and efficiently coordinating the field teams to achieve their objectives.
Darren is an environmentalist with over 25 years of experience across the private and public sectors, specialising in flora and fauna management, conservation, mining and project approvals and legislative compliance.
He are been running our Weed Mapping and Monitoring programs and has also worked with various Traditional Owner groups on a range of environmental co-management projects throughout regional Western Australia.
Tiwa is a Senior Anthropologist and has worked as an anthropologist and community development manager for over ten years.
He has significant experience in managing ethnographic heritage surveys, native title research and community consultants throughout Western Australia with various Traditional Owner groups.
Tiwa has a passion for youth leadership and grassroots community engagement, and is also heavily involved in designing and delivering community development programs.
Dr Ladislav Nejman
Ladislav is an experienced Archeologist with a PhD and extensive experience working across the globe and specifically in the Pilbara region since the early 1990’s.
Ladislav is a very thorough archaeologist with brilliant knowledge in fieldwork techniques and an ability to connect with Traditional Owners to share knowledge adn skills.
He has also authored over 20 academic publications in the past 5 years as well as presenting at a range of conferences and seminars internationally and enjoys sharing knowledge with others on best practice models and industry standards.
Heritage Consultant (Archaeology)
Kate is a heritage consultant with seven years experience working within a variety of regions across Western Australia. With a warm and balanced approach, she is able to work alongside Traditional Owners in a way that is respectful and engaging.
Kate’s experience includes archaeological surveys, technical report writing and quality assurance of reports before submission to both private companies and state bodies.She also has previous field experience in the environmental sector which has contributed to her experience in field surveys and the ability to liaise with key stakeholders and Traditional Owner groups.
Keauna-Rose grew up living between Kalgoorlie and a small community in South Australia. From a young age, she was Interested in working for an Aboriginal owned business and successfully completed a Certificate II & III in Business before working for a large mining company.
Keauna-Rose now provides administrative support to our Business Support and Project Support teams with a focus on finance, workflow processes and safety related functions. With a keen eye for detail and the ability to work collaboratively, she enjoys getting to know the people she works with and enjoys being able to contribute efficient administration support.
Brooke has over 15 years experience working as a Travel Manager organising logistics for international and domestic travel for the private and public sectors.
Brooke works with our managment team to ensure we safely transport and accommodate our team members for each project. She enjoys ultising a range of partnerships and her extensive ‘insider” knowledge to keep costs low for our valued clients.
A UnIQUE PARTNERSHIP
A compelling business case and a strong desire to see positive social impact in the Pilbara, were the primary drivers of establishing the first Aboriginal owned Cultural Heritage management agency back in 2015. Wilypa Pty Ltd was an innovative joint venture between Coongan and Terra Rosa Consulting. The joint venture worked with a range of resource companies and organisations in the Pilbara delivering community development, cultural heritage management and conservation projects.
Our vision has always been to employ a core group of Traditional Owners to work on meaningful projects supported with appropriate training, upskilling and mentoring so they can work to preserve country and culture across their native title determination area.
Over 5 years, we were able to grow the joint venture’s capability and capacity for Coongan to intergrate the operations into our existing business model. In 2019 we established a mutually beneficial partnership where Terra Rosa Consulting provides the technical capability through a scalable team of qualified and well-trained experts. Our team operates seamlessly across the partnership under the guidance of our Project Manager with some technical roles and expertise shared inhouse between the two organisations which means no extra costs are passed onto our clients.
Our unique partnership means that Coongan is responsible for what we think are the most important aspects – project management including client and community relationships. Coongan also holds the strategic vision under the directorship of a Traditional Owner, employs the senior management and support team, is responsible for business development, contract management and all the other back-end functions of running the organisation.
Coongan is proud to continue sharing local knowledge, culitivating ongoing connection with the community and increase Aboriginal participation on our projects. With the support of our valued clients, will continue to look for opportunities to employ more Nyiyaparli (and Pilbara Aboriginal people) in meaningful roles working collectively on country.
Coongan Pty Ltd
13/36 Johnson Street
GUILDFORD, WA 6055