Emerging Leader 2009 – 2010
Ngarra Murray is a Wamba Wamba Yorta Yorta woman and grew up in Melbourne and Shepparton.
She is the mother of three young children and the second oldest of 12 siblings.
She currently works at Oxfam Australia as a Senior Program Officer on the Straight Talk Program, which sits within Oxfam’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Program. Straight Talk connects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women with the political system and builds the capacity of women as change makers.
Prior to working at Oxfam Australia, Ngarra worked at North Yarra Community Health, The University of Melbourne, City of Melbourne and Museum Victoria. Ngarra also volunteers for the Pastor Sir Douglas and Lady Gladys Nicholls Memorial Project, and is one of the Director’s on the Dhudhuroa Waywurru Nations Aboriginal Corporation. She is a passionate artist and is involved in many cultural heritage and art projects in her community.
Ngarra believes leadership is having the strength to lead by example and inspire others to stand up for what they believe in.
“It’s about committing to your beliefs and following through. It’s about supporting our community to accomplish our goals and help create a better future”.
“There is a leader in all of us; we just need the right guidance, encouragement and support.”
Ngarra Murray, 2009