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Country, People
and Culture.

A 50,000 year connection to country is sustaining a remarkable environment and culture in West and Central Arnhem Land.

KKT exists to assure the future of West and Central Arnhem Land by seeking to provide reliable and sustainable philanthropic funding for natural and cultural resource management. It does so by supporting high impact projects in the short-term and building an endowment in the long-term to enable this valuable work to continue.

Karrkad and Kanjdji refers to the stone country highlands and the savanna lowlands of Warddeken and Djelk – 5 million acres (2 million hectares) of iconic land and sea country stretching from the eastern boundary of Kakadtu National Park to the Arafura Sea.

Our Projects

Our Vision is that current and future generations of bininj (Indigenous People) and balanda (non-Indigenous people) can work together to support the sustainability of their vital land management and cultural heritage work whilst enable ongoing self determination for the people of West and Central Arnhem Land.

Here’s a snapshot of our current projects — you can read more on our new website shortly.

Our Board

The Karrkad-Kanjdji Trust operates independently from locally based Indigenous organisations. It is led by skilled Indigenous and non-Indigenous Directors. The Directors maintain a strong focus on succession planning.

Justin Punch (Chair) is a company director, investor and philanthropist, with a 25 year career in business and finance. He was a partner for 8 years with Australian private equity investment firm Archer Capital, where he led acquisitions and developed businesses across the food, health care and retail sectors, including serving as Chairman of John West Foods, Brownes Dairy and Paradise Foods and as a director of the Healthe Care hospital group and Australian Geographic. Prior to that he worked as a senior executive in the food industry with Simplot Australia and with global strategy consulting firm the Boston Consulting Group. He holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Law degrees from UNSW and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Dean Yibarbuk (Co-Chair) is a Traditional Owner of country within the Warddeken Indigenous Protected Area and is the current Chair of Warddeken Land Management Limited and has served on the boards of other local community organisations. Mr Yibarbuk is a qualified researcher with a wealth of experience in complex and multifaceted community based projects.

Matthew Ryan is a traditional owner from the Djelk Indigenous Protected Area. He has served on the Northern Land Council, as a Councillor of West Arnhem Shire and as a representative of the Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council.

Jon Altman is a global leader among scholars looking to explore alternate futures for Indigenous Australians linking conservation economies with poverty alleviation. He was foundation director (1990-2010) of the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) at the Australian National University. He is now a research professor in economics/anthropology at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Melbourne and an emeritus professor at the Australian National University affiliated with the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet).

Victor Rostron is a senior Djelk Ranger with an extraordinary range of Indigenous and scientific land management knowledge and experience.

Margie Moroney has worked as a finance industry professional for almost 30 years, in the first place with global banking organisations including Prudential-Bache securities, Baring Securities and Hambros Bank. Margie has been on the Boards of Wool International, of a range of Pooled Development Funds and investment vehicles, and was the inaugural Chair of the CSIRO Textile, Clothing and Footwear Sector Advisory Committee. She has also been the principal fundraiser for the Nawarddeken Academy.