24 June 2010 - Senior Aboriginal woman joins AUA Indigenous Dialogue Group

 The Australian Uranium Association has appointed a senior Aboriginal woman and a highly experienced public servant to its Indigenous affairs advisory group.

AUA Chief Executive Officer, Michael Angwin, today welcomed Ms Joyleen Thomas, who has more than 30 years’ experience advising on Indigenous policy and engagement, as the latest member of the AUA’s Indigenous Dialogue Group.

Joyleen Thomas has worked extensively in the public sector in both State and Federal governments. She has worked in a range of positions and areas, ranging from employment, education and training to the criminal justice system.

Joyleen is currently employed by South Australian ‘super-department’, the Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure, where she is implementing the Department’s Aboriginal Employment Strategy and its Reconciliation Action Plan.

“Joyleen’s outstanding experience and her extensive network of family and work-related contacts mean she is one of the most knowledgeable and respected Aboriginal women in large areas of South Australia where uranium mining is conducted,” Mr Angwin said.

“The AUA is thrilled that Joyleen has decided to help us with our work in Indigenous economic development and engagement.

“We believe she will give our Indigenous Dialogue Group a broader perspective and will add to the IDG’s already extensive expertise on the interaction between traditional owners and mining companies,” Mr Angwin said.

Joyleen is a Kokatha woman with extensive family relationships across South Australia and the Northern Territory, particularly to the Yunkunjatjara, Arrernte and Arabunna people.

“It is important that those Indigenous people who choose to develop relationships with companies planning to mine uranium on their lands should make those decisions based on the best information and knowledge that’s available,” Ms Thomas said.

“I look forward to helping make sure that occurs”.