It was smiles all round as the Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation Board announced that acting CEO Michael Rotumah had been officially appointed to a three-year contract.
Michael started acting as CEO for six months in December 2021 after being approached by the Board Chairman, Jerome Cubillo.
“The Board made it clear from the outset that we wanted an Aboriginal person who possessed the right knowledge, skills and vision to lead our organisation and deliver the Boards strategic direction on behalf of Larrakia people, and so we are proud to announce that we have appointed local Aboriginal man Michael Rotumah to the Chief Executive Officer role at LNAC” said Jerome.
Perfectly placed culturally and professionally to lead
Michael is a Minaga man from Western Arnhem Land who was born in Darwin. He has spent much of his life living, working and raising his family on Larrakia Country and is perfectly placed culturally and professionally to lead Larrakia Nation into the future.
Michael said “Larrakia Nation is an extremely busy organisation delivering a variety of important programs that support a lot of remote Aboriginal people who visit the Darwin region. However, I am also looking forward to exploring how we can expand, identify priorities and leverage opportunities through strategic partnerships specifically for Larrakia people.”
A united Larrakia is a stronger Larrakia
This year also marks the 50 Year Anniversary of the Larrakia Petition which brought together Larrakia Nation, Larrakia Development Corporation and Gwalwa Daraniki Association. “A united Larrakia is a stronger Larrakia, which will be imperative for when it comes to negotiating a Treaty” said Michael.
Jerome said “Michael is highly respected amongst his peers and is an outstanding choice, bringing a wealth of experience from both the public and private sectors. He is a quality individual who is outcomes driven and under his leadership, the Board is looking forward to working with Michael over the next three years to advance the direction and aspirations for Larrakia people”.