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Tiwi Land Council Chair

Leslie Tungatalum

Leslie Tungatalum is a respected Miyartuwi (Pandanus) elder hailing from the Munupi Clan, with a rich history of community service and dedication to empowering the next generation.

Born and raised in the culturally vibrant setting of Wurrumiyanga (Nguiu), Leslie's journey reflects a deep-rooted connection to his heritage alongside a commitment to education and community development. His educational journey began in Wurrumiyanga, where he laid the foundation for his academic pursuits before venturing to Darwin to pursue his high school education at St John’s College. Undeterred by distance, Leslie continued his quest for knowledge through unconventional means, studying climate, science, and history at the School of the Air. This unique educational experience not only broadened his horizons but also instilled in him a profound appreciation for interdisciplinary learning. In his pursuit of personal and community growth, Leslie diversified his skill set by undertaking training in Sport and Recreation, as well as media training at TEABBA Radio. His dedication to continuous improvement and service led him back to Wurrumiyanga, where he became an integral part of the community's social fabric.

Looking toward the future, Leslie is filled with optimism and determination. He envisions a future where the youth of Bathurst Island can access higher education opportunities, pursue vocational training on the islands, and actively participate in shaping the economic and social landscape of their communities. As a committed advocate for youth empowerment, Leslie is steadfast in his mission to nurture the next generation of leaders, instilling in them the values of responsibility, resilience, and community stewardship.

Deputy Chair Austin Wonaeamirri with CEO Robert Graham