“This is the most exciting Indigenous Community in the NT. The Board of Yugul Mangi Development are determined to develop sustainable community owned business and create employment and career pathways for all of the people. They are striving to regain their economic independence and the right to make the decisions that will determine their futures, the future of their children, and the land. It is a privilege to work here and be a part of building a real future.”
~ William Blackley CEO 2012.
Chief Executive Officer, William (Bill) Blackley
Bill’s home is on Palm Island in North Queensland at Pencil Bay but he is no stranger to the Yugul Mangi people, having first come to this area as a 21 year old Teacher in charge of Urapunga Station School with his young wife Magdalena in 1974. His eldest son William Jr was born in Katherine.
Later Bill came back to Ngukurr to lecture to the Indigenous trainee teachers who were chosen to take over from the mainstream staff after they were expelled from the community.
It was at this time he formed lifelong friendships and started on his journey of understanding the cultural depth of traditional indigenous beliefs.
Bill has a wealth of experience in education and business, having owned and managed very successful businesses on Palm Island and Townsville.
Business Manager, Martin Schahinger
Martin joined Yugul Mangi in January 2017. While this is his first time in the humidity of the Northern Territory, he’s familiar with Indigenous communities having previously worked in Yalata, South Australia.
Martin’s role is to support Bill in the daily running of Yugul Mangi as well as developing real job opportunities for the Ngukurr community.
His prior experience raising venture capital funds for start-up ventures in Adelaide will come in handy, and he brings a raft of IT skills, along with experience developing procedures and processes to help make things run smoothly.