Ms Nerida Cooley has been appointed as a full-time member to the National Native Title Tribunal and Mr James McNamara has been reappointed as a full-time member.
Ms Cooley has over 23 years' experience in the areas of native title, cultural heritage, resources and infrastructure. Since 2010, Ms Cooley has been employed as Counsel in the resources team with Ashurst, in their Brisbane office.
Mr McNamara was first appointed to the Tribunal on 31 March 2014. Before being appointed to the Tribunal, Mr McNamara was Executive Director of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Services in Queensland's Department of Natural Resources and Mines.
Both appointees have been appointed for a period of five years. Ms Cooley's appointment commences 11 February 2019. Mr McNamara's reappointment commences on 31 March 2019.
I am confident Ms Cooley will make a valuable contribution to the Tribunal and I'm sure Mr McNamara will continue to excel in his role.