About the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Committee

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Parent Committee meets to discuss issues of importance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents and carers with children in Catholic schools. The committee helps to build home, school and community partnerships by providing valuable information and developing resources. 

The Committee

  • Supports the development of strong partnerships with families, schools, parent associations, education offices and local communities.
  • Seeks to give an additional voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents and carers in state and national level decision-making affecting Catholic schools.
  • Supports the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parent and carer leaders.
  • Develops resources for families and schools to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait children
  • Continues to promote Reconciliation

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Committee was established in 2004. The committee is comprised of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parent/carer representatives from each of the eleven dioceses across NSW/ACT. The chair of this committee is a voting member of the Council of Catholic School Parents.

This short video explains the work of committee.

2021 Committee

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Chair

Sharon Cooke

Diocese of Armidale

Darlene Murdoch

Diocese of Bathurst

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Kirilee Newcombe Hubber

Diocese of Bathurst

Dave Ella

Diocese of Broken Bay

Selina Walker

Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn

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Katrina Cambridge

Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn

Leonard Moran

Diocese of Lismore

Lehetta Lane-Porter

Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle

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Craig Duncan

Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle

Cassandra Ebsworth

Diocese of Parramatta

Vacant

Archdiocese of Sydney

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Mary Atkinson

Diocese of Wagga Wagga

Luke Wighton

Diocese of Wagga Wagga

Luke Phillips

Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes

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Merindah Wilson

Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes

Cherryle Nau

Diocese of Wollongong

Karan Taylor

Diocese of Wollongong