Ray enjoyed a long and decorated career in the military before enrolling in Social Work at CQUniversity, where he could learn in a supportive and culturally diverse learning environment. Coming from a blended Aboriginal and European family, Ray has always been acutely aware of ‘social injustice’ in its many forms.
Now employed as a Community Services Officer - First Peoples at Cairns Regional Council, Ray strives to offer the same level of genuine support to others and make First Peoples advancement a priority for the region. He works closely with the community to resolve concerns, issues, and problems that First Peoples may be facing in his area.
Ray also manages a First Peoples Advisory Committee in Cairns, a group of Elders, Traditional Custodians and leaders who assist in overseeing the Councils Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and ensuring Council is meeting the community’s needs, particularly regarding reconciliation and Closing the Gap.