I have dedicated my life to assisting Traditional Owner Groups reach their aspirations and goals of self-management, self-determination and building strong governance structures. I have advocated for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in forums, meetings and representative bodies. My first major role came when I was appointed as the first Indigenous Board Secretariat for Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. I served with the Park Board of Management for a 5 year term. I returned to my Lama Lama People in Cape York Queensland and worked tirelessly for my people in my role as Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement (TUMRA) Coordinator. I helped my people to manage our Sea Country and the various activities for looking after country. In my current role at AIMS, I will help Traditional Owners connect with our organisation to access better science and research which will lead to opportunities to merge Traditional Knowledge and Western Science.
Bachelor of Business Administration - Australian Catholic University (QLD) - underway - expected completion 2019
Associate Degree in Business Administration - Australian Catholic University - 2010
My current activities focuses on linking AIMS researchers with Traditional Owners around Northern Australia - from Exmouth in Western Australia, across Northern Territory and down to Bundaberg in Queensland. These research activities are to build collaborations and partnerships with Traditional Owners in order to work together on sea country.
Nywaigi Land Aboriginal Corporation - Board Member - 2017 - current
Indigenous Reference Group - Fisheries Research Development Corporation - Queensland Representative - 2018 - current
Townsville Local Marine Advisory Committee - Member - 2018 - Current
Reef 2050 - Traditional Owner Consortium Project - 2018 - current
Lama Lama TUMRA Steering Committee - Member - 2012 - 2018
Dale A,...Forester T, et al (2018) Traditional Owners of the Great Barrier Reef: The Next Generation of Reef 2050 Actions. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre, Draft Report.
Forester T (2018) A journey to greater Traditional Owner engagement in Marine Sciences - Presentation @ CDU
Forester T (2018) Lama Lama Country. For Marine Science and Meeting Indigenous Research Priorities Workshop @ AMSA Conference
Evans-Illidge E, Forester T (2018) A journey to greater Traditional Owner engagement in Marine Sciences. For Marine Science and Meeting Indigenous Research Priorities Workshop @ AMSA Conference.