Phil Rist is the executive officer of the Girringun Aboriginal Corporation (based in Cardwell) and deputy chair of the North Queensland Land Council. Mr Rist is a widely respected Nywaigi Indigenous leader whose skill and determination has played a key role in establishing the Girringun Aboriginal Corporation as one of the most successful Indigenous community-based organisations in Australia.
The appointment of Phil Rist means that the board includes two Rainforest Aboriginal people (one male, one female), as directors. Phil joins fellow directors—Ms Leslie Shirreffs (Chair), Ms Leah Talbot (female Rainforest Aboriginal person), Ms Anne Clarke, Mr John Courtenay and Professor Iain Gordon—who were appointed late last year. The six directors serve in a part time capacity while the Authority’s executive director, Scott Buchanan is the seventh and non-voting board member.
Mr Rist’s appointment fulfils the Queensland and Australian governments’ commitment to re-establish the board which serves to implement programs to meet Australia’s international obligations for the World Heritage Area under the World Heritage Convention.
“I look forward to welcoming Mr Rist onto the board and am delighted about the experience and expertise on Indigenous matters and knowledge of the World Heritage Area that he brings with him,” board chair Leslie Shirreffs said.
The appointed directors represent a broad spectrum of skills and expertise, including Indigenous cultural heritage, research, tourism planning and governance.
Find out more about the board here.