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NINA Collins
Nina Collins graduated from Melbourne Uni in Indigenous Affairs, Cultural Studies and Japanese. She lived in Japan with the Ainu, Japan's indigenous population, then travelled around Europe before returning to Melbourne to work at the Jewish Museum of Australia, the Melbourne Writers' Festival, and volunteer as the Event Coordinator of a youth run philanthropic trust fund called EastWeb.

In 2006 she completed a certificate in Arts Administration, and was selected to participate in the Victorian Public Service graduate program which involved her working for four months at Arts Victoria, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the International Division of the Department of Education where she is still employed.

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SUE Codee
Sue Codee is a visual artist who works as a curator, arts consultant, and project co-ordinator in Albany in Western Australia. She worked nationally and overseas on various community development initiatives focusing on economically disadvantaged groups in the Philippines; Christmas Island and remote central desert Aboriginal communities such as; Alpurrurulam Aboriginal community and Alice Springs Hidden Valley community in the NT.

Sue is a board member of Country Arts WA and sits on the Arts Development panel of Arts Western Australia. She received the Camden Head Pilot Station Residency in NSW, as part of the Australia Council for Arts' Community Cultural Development program. Her degree in Fine Arts is from Curtin University and her work has been exhibited widely including Perth, New York and Melbourne.

Sue has a mentorship with Melbourne artist Sally Marsden, funded by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Regional Arts Fund, on the development of Open Access, an innovative art studio for 'at risk' youth which she plans on marketing as a model nationally.

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Deborah's experience is in event management. She has worked in all states of Australia as well as in Japan, Ireland and Scotland, with national and international artists. She has a Diplomas of Arts – Small Companies and Community Theatre and Theatre Technology (Electrics) has qualifications in Small Business Management and in Workplace Assessment and Training.  Deborah was mentored by Neil Cameron in The Art of Celebration and has studied Jazz Theory and Performance, Contemporary Singing, Belly Dance and Circus Skills. Her strengths are production values and delivery and has a deep understanding of cultural diversity and expression. Currently she is based in south-east-Queensland in a vibrant and growing region for events working with Ipswich Events Corporation and as an Event Producer for a multicultural celebration Link Up: Food, Fibre and Faces.

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DAWN Jackson
Dawn is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy in Performing Arts who has worked as a freelance dancer/teacher/choreographer for over 15 years working with Western Australian Ballet, Kalika Dance Company, Mudhra Dance Company and most recently STRUT dance. In 2005 with assistance from Department for Culture and the Arts in Western Australia, Dawn undertook a creative development residency in Orissa, India, where she studied in detail Odissi Indian classical technique with teacher Dr Ileanna Citaristi and as a result produced new works most notably the solo titled Kohl, directed by Paea Leach. Dawn is currently working on a new creative development project titled Beauty Spot, a duet for Indian Classical dancer Premala Sangarananda and Dawn Jackson, funded by Department for Culture and the Arts in Western Australia.

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ANNE Kershaw
Anne is the Arts & Cultural Planner with the Hume City Council. She previously worked at Whittlesea and Greater Dandenong Councils. Her work in local government has focused on the engagement of communities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and initiatives aimed at building local cultural identity. Anne comes from a higher education/museum and gallery background, having worked with art gallery and museum studies courses at Deakin and Manchester Universities.

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Georgie is currently the Community Engagement Manager at the Immigration Museum in Melbourne where she coordinates education and community programs and events. She is also a volunteer member of the Public Programs committee at the Jewish Museum of Australia and is Producer/General Manager of the small theatre company Aubergine Theatre. Initially trained as an oboist and composer, Georgie has completed a BA (Hons)/Music and a Graduate Diploma in Arts Management at the University of Melbourne.

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Rodney is a mural artist who is inspired by the Australian landscape, its fauna and flora, and the diversity of the people. He has completed hundreds of murals, ranging from community art projects to multi-million dollar projects with architects, developers and teams of artists. 
Rodney has won numerous awards; Think Globally, Act Locally in Redfern, NSW, and was awarded the Sir John Sulman Prize by the Art Gallery of NSW in 1985. He is committed to placing art which invigorates the social and aesthetic environment in public areas. Rodney's recent commissions include murals in the pedestrian underpass at Strathfield Station, under the M7 at Baulkham Hills and over 15 murals at the New Children's Hospital in Westmead in Sydney.

At all times Rodney seeks to create murals that in some way reflect the culturally diverse aspect of our nation, while at the same time using that experience to develop international projects in Asia, North and Latin Americas. Co-founded and directed Public Art Squad Pty Ltd with David Humphries (1978–1992) producing many projects including the public art of Harbourside Darling Harbour and the elegant Skygarden in Sydney's shopping heart, many street murals and co-author of 'The Mural Manual'. Rodney also exhibits paintings on canvas and glass. Courtney+Monk Studios was formed in 1991 and is a collaboration of world renowned glass and metal artist Giselle Courtney and Monk. Located in Newtown, Sydney, it produces various works including large and small scale murals, mosaic, terrazzo, ceramics, arts glass, light installations and metals.

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CARO Roach
Caro is the Events Manager with Bonegilla Migrant Experience, located in Victoria’s North East, preparing for the December 2007 60th Anniversary celebrations to recognise the first migrant arrivals to Bonegilla. Prior to this, she was responsible for community arts projects with City of Wodonga Council. Before moving to Victoria in 2005 Caro was the multicultural arts officer with Illawarra Ethnic Communities Council in Wollongong. With a Visual Arts background, Caro has facilitated cultural projects and community arts initiatives across art forms and across sectors to explore, celebrate and promote diversity, applying a range of community and audience development tools.

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AANYA Roennfeldt
Aanya's training and design practice are in architectural and hand blown glass production for both domestic and public scale works. She currently works as the Multicultural Arts Development Officer for the Illawarra region NSW and as Studio Manager for DAB Lab, a faculty research studio and gallery at the University of Technology Sydney. Projects she works on range from bilingual story telling projects within southern schools to the production of books concerned with the work of innovative Australian designers. Her personal obsession is making very shabby cut and paste stop motion animations.

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LOUISE Rollman
Louise is an independent curator and consultant. She has experience in arts programming, strategic planning and management in both the private and public sectors. Previous positions have included National Curator and Project Manager for Brecknock Consulting (2001–03); and in 1999 she established Satellite Space, an Artist/Curator-run project space that specialised in facilitating emerging forms. Selected curatorial projects include 'Unit-1 97' (2001–02 w Mathew Fletcher and Jemima Wyman) Brisbane/Melbourne, and 'polemic' (2000) based at Satellite Space, Brisbane.

Louise was a founding committee member of Brisbane City Council's Creative Brisbane Cultural Advisory Group (2003–06). She is a 2006 recipient of the Lord Mayor's Young and Emerging Artist Fellowship and in 2006/7 will be the first Australian Curator in residence at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) New York.

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OLIVIA Riddington
Olivia runs here own consultancy Lulu Consulting, which has a focus on the cultural and creative arts industries.
As a consultant she facilitates and carries out public relations, promotions, marketing and events management strategies and campaigns. To date Lulu Consulting clients include local government, culturally diverse writers, actors, performers and musicians as well as independent publishers and community groups and festivals. Lulu Consulting is currently working in conjunction with the City of Maribyrnong and the Victorian Multicultural Commission to present the culturally diverse Celebration of Language Festival, Maribyrnong - More than Words.

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BO Svoronos
Bo currently works as the Indigenous Arts Officer for the City of Port Phillip. During 2006/07 he set up a series of successful events and exhibitions including two large scale Indigenous music and cultural festivals called Yalukit Wilam Ngargee: People Place Gathering, steering committee member and creative programmer for the Deadly Arts Business Conference, committee member on IELLEN Inner Eastern Local Learning Education Network board, Indigenous advisor for the Emerging Writers Festival and continues to practice as a multidisciplined artist.
Prior to 2006 Bo re-ignited and co-directed the St Kilda Writers' Festival 2005/06, small business operator in festival porduction, cultural event programming and consultation, delivered singing telegrams, facilitated various play readings and chef by trade.

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KHALED Sabsabi
Khaled is a media and sound artist, curator and cultural manager, with a history in managing and developing innovative media projects which incorporate community and professional artists. He is the Project Director at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Art Coordinator at Liverpool Migrant Resource Centre. More recently he has presented works as a touring show for Peace at the Casoria Contemporary Art Museum Naples/Italy, MAC – Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Santa Fe/Argentina, Biennale 3000 Sao Paulo Brazil, "the place of art - OFFICYNA" Performance and Intermedia Festival Szczecin/ Poland and Al Kahf Art Gallery at Bethlehem International Centre. Khlaled also coordinated the MAPD Western Sydney 2006 aimed at developing leaders in multiculturalism, entrepreneurship, the arts, marketing and communications in Western Sydney. He has presented media in Colombia, Berlin, Vienna, Lebanon and a range of national and international institutions.

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Nadya is a freelance radio producer working in radio and community arts. She has worked on several storytelling projects with older people, refugee communities, and young people. She is interested in connecting what happens at the grass roots on race and identity with national and international conversations. As a trained journalist and producer Nadya has worked for SBS Radio, ABC Radio and more recently written various essays for the English language version of Al'Jazerra.

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MERRYN Tinkler
Merryn is the Arts Development Coordinator at Frankston Arts Centre where she is responsible for public programming of visual and new media arts, performing and community arts events and workshops for culturally and demographically diverse local and regional audiences. She is a specialist in the management of touring programs, project management and coordination, both through her work with the Victorian Arts Council (now Regional Arts Victoria) Touring Unit and her extensive working knowledge of theatre and the arts in general. She has a successful record of funding support through federal and state government, philanthropic and corporate partnerships for special projects which she has designed, and has been sitting on Arts Victoria funding panels since 2003.

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