Roles and functions
The State Aboriginal Heritage Committee (Committee) is established under Section 7 of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (Act). Its functions are set out in Section 8 of the Act.
The Committee provides advice to the Premier, either on its own initiative or upon the Premier’s request, with respect to:
- the making and removal of entries in the central archives
- measures that should be taken for the protection or preservation of Aboriginal sites, objects or remains
- the appointment of suitable persons as heritage inspectors under the Act
- Aboriginal heritage agreements
- any other matter related to the administration or operation of the Act or to the protection or preservation of Aboriginal heritage
- any other function assigned to the Committee by the Act or by the Premier.
The Committee also has the power to appoint, suspend or revoke people or bodies as Recognised Aboriginal Representative Bodies under the Act.
Committee members are appointed by the Premier to represent the interests of Aboriginal people throughout the state in the protection and preservation of Aboriginal heritage.
The current members are:
Chairperson Sydney Sparrow is a Ngarrindjeri man with extensive knowledge of Aboriginal heritage, and deep experience in advocating for its protection and preservation. A longstanding member of the Committee, Syd is legally trained, and on behalf of the Committee, oversaw the recent amendments to the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 that put Aboriginal people at the centre of decision making about their own heritage. Syd is also a passionate advocate for Aboriginal youth justice.
Vice Chairperson Yvonne Agius is an esteemed Kaurna elder who has a strong interest in, and commitment to, promoting the protection and preservation of Aboriginal heritage. Yvonne has extensive professional experience, including current membership of the Adelaide City Council Reconciliation Committee. Yvonne is a current director of Kaurna Yerta Aboriginal Corporation and has significant previous experience both on the Committee and many other Aboriginal boards and organisations.
Fiona Singer is an Arabana and Southern Arrernte woman resident in Adelaide. Fiona is the current Chairperson of the Arabana Aboriginal Corporation. Fiona has over 25 years’ experience working within both Commonwealth and State Governments, and has qualifications in management. Fiona is passionate about heritage, and has a comprehensive knowledge and appreciation of the cultural, social and economic needs and challenges of Aboriginal people and communities in South Australia, particularly native title holders.
Glen Wingfield is a Kokatha man who lives in Port Augusta. Glen has had deep experience in Aboriginal heritage matters throughout his career, including as the current Kokatha Aboriginal Corporation’s Heritage Manager. Glen provides leadership in the preservation and protection of Aboriginal heritage, particularly to exploration and mining companies. Glen also has experience in Aboriginal site recording. Glen actively works to pass on his knowledge to younger Aboriginal people.
Ian Crombie is the current Chairperson of Antakirinja Matu-Yankunytjatjara Aboriginal Corporation. Ian lives in Coober Pedy, where he is a councillor on the District Council as well as the Umoona Community Council. Ian works for Country Health, and conducts his own cultural tourism business escorting tourists around his beloved Breakaways. Ian is a passionate advocate for improving heritage management practices and for intergenerational cultural knowledge learning and exchange.
Leslie Taylor is a Barngarla man from Whyalla and is currently a director of both the Gawler Ranges and Barngarla Aboriginal Corporations. Les was an advocate for the protection and preservation of Aboriginal heritage and sacred sites during the long process of the Barngarla Native Title Claim, and assisted other board members in completing the cultural and heritage surveys that formed part of that claim.
Mark Koolmatrie is the current Chairperson of the Tribal Owners of the Coorong, Lower Lakes, River Murray, and the Sea. Mark is committed to, and has a passion for, the preservation of Aboriginal heritage and culture in the Ramindjeri, Tangani, Yarlde, Meintangk, and Ngarrindjeri lands.
Ms Robyn Campbell has a passion for advocating on behalf of Aboriginal people for the preservation and protection of Aboriginal heritage. She has experience through her position on the SAHC, as a member of Kungari Aboriginal Heritage Association, and as Co-Chair of the South East Aboriginal Focus Group. She has had experience with the workings of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 and has recently taken on the role of CEO at Burrandies Aboriginal Corporation.
Sue Haseldine is a Kokatha woman who lives in Ceduna. She is a member of the Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation. Sue is a long-time advocate for heritage protection, having tended sacred sites for most of her life. Sue currently works with educators, taking young people onto country to teach them the traditional ways and stories.
William Cook is a Ngarrindjeri/Meru man who lives in the Riverland. He developed his growing interest in heritage matters after working with the ‘Working on Country Ranger’ program at Calperum Station, where he took part in archaeological survey work under the stewardship of Flinders University. William was also involved in Legislative Awareness and Monitoring training through workshops hosted by DPC- AAR.
- 17 January 2019
- 28 February 2019
- 11 April 2019
- 23 May 2019
- 4 July 2019
- 15 August 2019
- 26 September 2019
- 7 November 2019
- 19 December 2019
Applications to become a Recognised Aboriginal Representative Body (RARB)
Since the Act was amended on 17 October 2017, the Committee can consider and approve the appointment of RARBs. For more information, please phone (08) 8226 8900