Meet our board members


Michael Haynes

Presiding Member

Michael Haynes was appointed to the Alinytjara Wilurara NRM Board in 2013 and has been Presiding Member since February 2019. Michael is a descendant of Kokatha and Mirning tribes and currently resides in Ceduna. 

Michael represents the Far West Coast areas on the Alinytjara Wilurara NRM Board. He has a solid history of governance roles including Acting Deputy State Manager and Ceduna Regional Manager of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission between 1986 and 1997. Mr Haynes retired in late 2017 as the CEO of Ceduna Aboriginal Corporation, where he reported to an all Aboriginal Board.

His current term expires in 2020. 


Maureen (Mima) Smart

Yalata Community

Mima was appointed to the Alinytjara Wilurara NRM Board in 2008, and has been re-appointed a number of times.  

Mima represents the Yalata Community on the Alinytjara Wilurara NRM Board. A senior member of the Yalata, Oak Valley, and Maralinga Communities, Mima is well-known and highly respected throughout the Alinytjara Wilurara Management Unit. She is committed to forging strong Aboriginal community engagement in NRM and has shown this determination repeatedly through her involvement in engineering ground level regional NRM work. 

Over her appointed time as a member of the Alinytjara Wilurara NRM Board, Mima has significantly raised the profile of Aboriginal issues, and tirelessly dedicated herself to developing employment and training opportunities for Anangu (people) within local communities.    

In 2005, Mima received the NAIDOC SA Person of the Year Award and in 2012, an Order of Australia for service to the Indigenous community in SA. She has been the Chairperson of Yalata Community Council, member of Maralinga Tjarutja Council, and has volunteered for several government agencies, including Families SA and the Indigenous Coordination Centre in Ceduna.

With a deep understanding of Anangu connection to country and strong connections at a local level, Mima provides invaluable advice on cultural matters related to soil conservation and land management, conservation and biodiversity, water resources management, pest animal and plant control, and coast, estuarine and marine management.

Mima’s current term expires in 2021.


Peter Miller

West Coast

Peter was appointed to the Alinytjara Wilurara NRM Board in 2016, and, nominated by the Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation has been reappointed until April 2021.

Peter has been and remains actively involved in the community as both an Elder and Community Leader.  Peter’s past roles include Chairperson of various Boards locally, and a role in the Executive Aboriginal Health Council. Peter has a vision for better socio-economic outcomes for people of the Far West Coast through the various Indigenous Land Use Agreements and Co-management of Parks. Peter believes that opportunities for Far West Coast members, places the community in a stronger position for the future.

Peter has been Executive Chairperson of Aboriginal Health Council of SA, and signed the first Framework Agreement between the State and Federal Government in Australia in 1996 in relation to Aboriginal health problems in the state.  Peter has had a role with the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, National Rural Health Alliance, and Ceduna Koonibba Aboriginal Health Service.  Peter is Chair of Ceduna Aboriginal Corporation, and Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation.


Kristy Richards

Aboriginal Lands Trust

Kristy was appointed to the Alinytjara Wilurara NRM Board in April 2016, and will be eligible for re-appointment in April 2020.

Kristy was raised in the Yalata area on the sheep station called Colona Station. Kristy is of Wirangu, Kokatha, Mirning, Anangu, and Adnyamathanha decent, and she represents the Aboriginal Lands Trust (Aboriginal Regional Authority) on the Alinytjara Wilurara NRM Board. 

Kristy’s families have strong ties to the Alinytjara Wilurara Management Unit, and her family membership spans from Ceduna (Far West Coast Traditional Lands), west to Yalata, north to Maralinga, and across to Tjuntjuntjara in WA. She has a great understanding, and has worked closely with the Board, on several projects that relate to the engagement of the Anangu women. 

Kristy encourages and supports the work of the Alinytjara Wilurara NRM Board, and ensure that practices and staff are culturally supported in their understanding of cultural and heritage responsibilities. She has an understanding of culture and NRM practices that have been passed down to her through generations, and she has a strong connection with her people from the Far West Coast to Oak Valley, and Western Australia.


Julie O’Toole

Antakirinja Matu-Yankunytjatjara Aboriginal Corporation

Julie, who was appointed to the Alinytjara Wilurara NRM Board in April 2016, lives in Coober Pedy and is a member of the Antakirinja Matu-Yankunytjatjara Aboriginal Corporation Board which is responsible for managing the Native Title rights and interests of Antakirinja Matu-Yankunytjatjara Native Title holders.

Julie is a member of the Breakaways Conservation Park Co-management Board which includes management of Tallaringa Conservation Park and as such she is an active member of the Tallaringa Healthy Country Planning Group.

She is also a deputy member of the Outback Bushfire Coordination Committee. Having an in-depth knowledge of Country around the Coober Pedy area and traditional knowledge of culture and fire regimes she is a valued member.


Debbie Hansen

Tjuntjuntjara Community

Debbie was appointed to the Alinytjara Wilurara NRM Board in 2015.

Debbie lives in Tjuntjuntjara Community in the Great Victoria Desert, Western Australia and represents the Oak Valley Community and Maralinga Tjarutja lands on the Alinytjara Wilurara NRM Board. Debbie has a strong interest in Natural Resources Management particularly; playing a leading role in connecting natural and cultural heritage management; speaking for community and connection to community and government in order to influence policy directions around natural and cultural heritage management; ensuring there are opportunities provided for young people of the Alinytjara Wilurara Management Unit in working in and looking after country; learning and leading in governance and leadership, passing this information onto younger community members; ensuring that looking after country is done by both men and women on both sides of the border that divides the Great Victoria Desert. 

Debbie’s experience with Boards and Committees includes: Director, Pila Nguru Aboriginal Corporation; Chairperson Spinifex Art Project Aboriginal Corporation; Director, Maralinga Tjarutja; Member Co-management Board, Paupiyala Tjarutja Aboriginal Corporation.

Debbie’s appointment expires in April 2020.


Anton Baker

Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands

Anton was appointed to the Alinytjara Wilurara NRM Board in August 2017, and will be eligible for re-appointment in April 2021.

Anton is a Wati Wiru (good man) and was born on Ernabella Mission. Anton lives in Kanpi Napyari, but grew up in Fregon and has lived in Mimili, Indulkana, Pukatja and Amata. Anton represents the Kanpi Napyari community on the APY Executive and Alinytjara Wilurara Boards. 

Anton likes to work with Anangu and would like to represent his community through Board Management including APY Executive, and in Natural Resources Management. Anton believes in resolving issues through talking to and representing his community, and relaying issues for resolution to the Board/s.

Anton’s key objectives are to keep Culture strong, working with the APY Land Rights Act for all Anangu Tjuta, creating opportunities for learning culture through dancing and Inma (singing), and school attendance for Tjitji Tjuta (children).


Sally Scales 

Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands

Sally was appointed to the Alinytjara Wilurara NRM Board in August 2017, and will be eligible for re-appointment in 2021. Sally was born in Pipalyatjara Community. In August 2019, Sally became the Chair of the APY Lands Executive. 

Sally is a confident young leader who is willing to learn from many different people. Sally is keen to make a difference in her community and across the Lands, particularly in the areas of Governance, Education and Employment, encouraging service providers to work together, and Board of Management working with key stakeholders.



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