|Jim Wright is a happily married Goori man, who has lived in the Hunter Region for 52 years and is a resident of Cardiff. He has a family of 5 boys, 15 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. His family ties extend from the Lower Hunter to Moree, Gunnedah and across the New England tablelands to the eastern seaboard at Kempsey, then down to Newcastle and Sydney.
Jim was the first Administrator of the Awabakal Newcastle Aboriginal Co-op Ltd, which he left on a sound basis. He then incorporated and set up Yarnteen ATSI Corporation. After many years with Yarnteen, he set up another Aboriginal Organisation (Youloe-ta Indigenous Development Association Incorporated), to run Yarnteen’s highly successful CDEP. He moved across to Youloe-ta, as the General Manager.
Jim is a Foundation Member of Yarnteen and currently holds the position of Chairperson, a position he has held since the establishment of Yarnteen in 1991.
Jim has been on many Aboriginal Advisory Boards/Committees over the years, namely:
· NSW Parks and Wildlife Advisory Committee
· NSW Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee
· NSW Police / Aboriginal Council
· NSW Department of Housing Advisory Committee
· Many Rivers Regional Aboriginal Housing Advisory Committee
· Tighes Hill TAFE Council
· Chairperson of the Sydney/ Newcastle Regional Aboriginal Land Council
· Inaugural Convener – NSW Aboriginal Health Resource Committee
· Many Rivers Regional ATSIC Councillor 4 – 3 year terms
· NSW Eastern Zone ATSIC Commissioner 1 – 3 year term
· NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Association
· NSW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sports Council / etc
· NTS Corp Member/Director
Jim has dedicated his life to the advancement of Aboriginal people since becoming actively involved in the Aboriginal struggle in the early seventies. Jim believes that the Aboriginal race has been denied equality and justice in this country and states that the corrections of these injustices are the goals for which he and other Goori’s must strive for.