Noel Butler

Noel Butler, Budawang Elder from the Yuin Nation is a qualified teacher, educator, mentor, horticulturist, chef and historian; and together with his wife have been teaching, delivering programs and working with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal adults and children for over 35 years.

Noels knowledge and skills are taken from our own real life experiences and tertiary studies.

Visit Noel and Trish Butler at Nuragunyu

Richard Baker

Richard Baker is a Northern Territory indigenous man from Borroloola. He is a trained Northern Territory National Park Ranger and Commercial Helicopter Pilot with over 5000 hours of flight time.

In 2008/9 Richard expressed that he would like to train as a commercial pilot. 18FiFTY3 Group now commercial manager owner, Ben Surawski assisted Richard to seek funding and created a management plan for training. This was approved and over the next 14 months Richard completed his Cert IV (Commercial Helicopter Pilot) and was awarded the Northern Territory Aboriginal Trainee of the year.

18FiFTY3 Group owner Richard Baker now has over 5000 hours of flight time and utilises his skills to helicopter muster in Aboriginal Cattle properties in Far North Queensland and the Northern Territory. As well as being involved with 18FiFTY3 Group, over the next 12 months Richard is aiming to establish his own helicopter mustering company operating in Far North Queensland and the Northern Territory. Richard will contract to the large Aboriginal cattle stations in the area. Richard also supports environmental programmes on Aboriginal Lands such as sea turtle tagging programmes on Mornington Island.

Since he was awarded a grant from the NT Government and MRM Mining, Richard’s contribution back to the govt and community includes earnings that have gone directly back into the Borroloola and Normanton communities.  Richard has purchased private land and other assets. Richard has injected tax revenue back to the government whilst supporting the Aboriginal cattle community and Ranger programmes with his work.  Richard is well placed to manage teams in the 18FiFTY3 Group Environmental Management ground operations, guide Aboriginal students through their careers, work with government on implementing Aboriginal training programmes thus closing the educational and employment gaps that exist.

John Sayers

John Sayers  is desendent from the Bundawang (Yuin) Mob. Yuin is the name referred to for the Aboriginal Tribal group occupying the coastal area between Jervis Bay and Twofold Bay.

The Budawang tribe were the Aboriginals to be sighted by Captain Cook in 1770, on Koorbrua beach at Murramarang.  The tribal area of Budawang is from Conjola in the north, Lake George in the West and the Moruya (Deua) River in the south.

John is a passionate and successful businessman having previously owned such businesses as Rex Airlines and Ocean Earth, developed major parcels of land in Eastern Australia and  John brings a wealth of knowledge, leadership and mentoring to the 18FiFTY3 Group team.

He is passionate about indigenous employment and training, creating jobs for those in remote areas across Australia. John wants to join modern technology and Aboriginal culture and land management skills to drive solutions for training and employment through remote Australia.