Rhonda was involved in establishing Jilli Binna Cultural Resource Centre and reclaiming the Djabugay language. She has a bachelor’s degree in Community Management and Development and 16 years’ experience on more than 23 boards and committeesat both national and state level, while raising six children.
In 1992 Rhonda was the Queensland representative of The Federation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages, which was a core subject in schools across the state. “It helped to close the gap between the Aboriginal and other students. The white kids loved it. But sadly, they no longer teach it. Imagine what a difference it would make today if every child in Australia learned an Aboriginal language at school. It would no longer be us and them. It would be a shared cultural and educational experience from a very young age.”