At our 2020 MDAS AGM, on November 28, MDAS members set us a new course and new challenges for the future of our organsiation.

We are so proud of an amazing turnout to our AGM  (137 members took part, both in person at Mildura, Robinvale, Swan Hill and Kerang and online on Zoom)  - one of the biggest attendances at an AGM ever.
Our membership voted for change at the board table and we were pleased and proud to welcome new board members.

The board took the decision to initially elect an interim chair and interim deputy chair as the board continues work on Constitutional Reform.  The Interim Chair is Damien Murray; Interim Deputy Chair, Jenene Murray.

Congratulations to all of the courageous and committed MDAS members who put up their hands to seek election.  In their own way, each and every one of them is truly committed to the vision: Generations of vibrant, healthy and strohg Aboriginal communities.
The May 2021 Board meeting saw Thelma Chilly, Shantelle Thompson and Jemmes Handy approved to join the MDAS Board as directors until the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in November 2021.
We now have a full complement of Board members, as follows:
  • Damien Murray (Chairperson) (Kerang) – 3 year term
  • Jenene Murray (Deputy Chairperson) (Mildura) – 3 year term
  • Vicki Clark (Swan Hill) – 3 year term
  • Steven Hancock (Kerang) – casual vacancy to the November 2021 AGM
  • Debra Chaplin (Swan Hill) – casual vacancy to the November 2021 AGM
  • Sharon Johnson (Mildura) – casual vacancy to the November 2021 AGM
  • Shantelle Thompson (OAM) (Mildura) – casual vacancy to the November 2021 AGM
  • Thelma Chilly (Robinvale) – casual vacancy to the November 2021 AGM
  • Jemmes Handy (Mildura) – casual vacancy to the November 2021 AGM
We look forward to working strongly together towards that vision, across our Mallee communities, over coming months and years.

Mallee District Aboriginal Services Limited is a company limited by guarantee.

The business of Mallee District Aboriginal Services Limited is managed by a board of directors.

The principal activity of the company is to promote Aboriginal health, wellbeing, culture and economic prosperity through delivery of health, family and community services to clients in Mildura, Swan Hill, Kerang and Robinvale.

Services are targetted to address areas of need created through social disadvantage, drug and alcohol misuse, sickness, disability, family violence, youth suicide, homelessness, teen pregnancy, low levels of childhood wellbeing, unemployment, disengagement with the education system and high levels of involvement with the criminal justice system.

More about the activities in any given year can be found in our annual reports.

Membership application packs are
available here.

Pictured (left) MDAS Interim Chair Damien Murray and Interim Deputy Chair Jenene Murray.  

Boardmembers Elected November 28, 2020
Vicki Clark - board member elected November 2020 (Swan Hill) 
Profile Information:
As a professional Aboriginal woman, I believe in self-determination that empowers Aboriginal organisations and communities to strive for a fair and just service into homes for all families. My appointments through my professional career are diverse and ones which has held high responsibility and consideration of many complex needs from a community perspective. My understanding of governance and board structures is that professional competencies are required for appointments and due diligence processes are critical for fair and transparent operations of which I'm accustomed to. I believe this longstanding commitment for community control and experience places me in a strong position to assist with bringing the voices, unique cultural aspirations to any board table. Always with the highest respect of Elders, young mums, single fathers, staff, traditional owner's and local community members. I bring to MDAS board no conflict of interest just pure professional requirements and the spirit of local community.

Jenene Murray OAM - board member 
Profile Information
I am a proud Wiradjuri woman from central NSW and have worked and lived in this community for 26 years. I have been a previous board member of Mallee District Aboriginal Services/ MDAS LTD and believe I displayed the skills and attributes it takes to be a valued member of the organisation. I have an extensive working knowledge of the Education sector and have been employed in this field for over 25 years. I am currently employed as the Koorie Education Coordinator for the NWVR Mallee area. I have a developed knowledge of the Governance process and policy procedures and am confident that this knowledge and understanding gives me a greater insight into the services and support our organisation can deliver or implement in our community moving forward and beyond. I am a member of the following Aboriginal networks in the community AAC, LAN. LAECG and LAJAC.

Damien Murray - board member 
Profile Information:
My name is Damien Murray and I have lived in Kerang for approx. 43 years. I have represented Kerang in different pursuits like Football, Cricket, Golf, Lawn Bowls and Basketball among other things. One thing I am passionate about is the welfare of the Kerang Aboriginal Community. I was employed at the Kerang office of MDAS before moving onto Swan Hill. This was after a tenure of 10yrs as Koori Educator. As you can see, most of my working life has been serving the Kerang and Swan Hill Communities. I have served on different committees as follows: Wandella Football Club (Vice President); Kerang/Swan Hill MDAS Service Delivery Committee; Kerang LAECG; Southern Mallee Indigenous Family Violence Regional Action Group; Kerang Golf Bowling Club Mens Committee; Various Indigenous Advisory groups. I hope to be on the Board so as to help with the next phase of MDAS growth and also provide Kerang with a voice of reason. If elected, I promise to have the whole of the Mallee District at heart with transparency and honesty. Currently I am employed at Northern District Community Health as the Indigenous Children’s Program. I am an easily approachable person who holds Koori Welfare in the highest esteem as demonstrated with my past employment.


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