The Aboriginal Cultural Material Committee (ACMC) is established under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 to represent Aboriginal people on heritage matters.
The role of the ACMC is to:
Vanessa Kickett, Chairperson Term of appointment - September 2011 - December 2021
Vanessa is a Whadjuk Noongar who grew up in the Midland area, she has extensive experience working in Native Title in the South West and North West regions. Vanessa is also involved with Heritage and Culture, Native Title and Aboriginal Engagement throughout the State. Vanessa has more than 15 years’ professional experience in Policy, Aboriginal Heritage, Contract management, Native Title and Strategic Engagement with Aboriginal communities, She is currently employed as the Manager, Aboriginal Heritage Approvals at the Water Corporation.
Merle Carter Term of appointment - April 2016 - December 2021
A senior Cultural Woman of the Miriuwong Gajerrong people and the Bunuba people, Merle is also the Chairwoman of the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre and a board member of the Kimberley Land Council and Aarnja.
Patrick Churnside Term of appointment - April 2016 - December 2021
Patrick is a Traditional Owner from the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi Language Groups. He is also Chairperson of the Ngarluma Aboriginal Corporation and was previously a Ngarluma representative on the Board of Directors for the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation.
Bruce Smith Term of appointment - April 2016 - December 2021
Bruce is a tribal cultural man and significant Aboriginal leader. He is a former Chairman of the Ngaanyatjarra Council and the ATSIC Western Desert Regional Council and has experience of working across government in a range of positions.
Lindsay Dean Term of appointment - April 2016 - December 2021
Lindsay was born and raised in the Great Southern (Minang) region and has a strong connection to his people and the land. Lindsay is currently chairperson of the Dreamtime committee which liaises between Lockyer Primary School and the Noongar community to provide positive education outcomes. Lindsay is also a member of the Western Australian Museum Albany Advisory Committee advising on Aboriginal issues as well as a member of the Albany Aboriginal Heritage Reference Group.
Dr Michael Slack Term of appointment - March 2019 - December 2021
Dr Michael Slack is the Director of Scarp Archaeology, a Partner Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH) and an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at James Cook University. He also serves as the current President of the Australian Archaeological Association (AAA). Michael has qualifications in archaeology and in history from Sydney University (PhD), the Australian National University (MA), and University of New South Wales (BA hons). He has led many large-scale archaeological projects throughout Western Australia, Queensland and New South Wales over the last 20 years. In particular he has specialised in the Pilbara Region. Dr Slack is the author of many archaeological reports and academic papers.
Murray Dolling, Ex-Officio, Authorised Land Officer Alec Coles, Ex-Officio, Western Australian Museum Matt Darcey, Ex-Officio, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage
Closing date for s18/s16
ACMC meeting date
The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.
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