Dr Tjanara Goreng Goreng is a Wakka Wakka Wulli Wulli traditional owner from Central Queensland who was born in the outback at Longreach in central western Queensland. Tjanara spent 30 years in the Public Service in Canberra – one of the bright young people taken on by Charlie Perkins, the first Aboriginal person to head up the Department of Aboriginal Affairs. She was removed from her senior management position when she turned whistleblower and helped expose the Howard government’s fraud leading up to the intervention into NT Aboriginal communities.
Tjanara moved to academia, and is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Indigenous Studies, and has recently completed her PhD at the Australian National University. Tjanara is the founder of The Foundation for Indigenous Recovery and Development Australia, and is also a Member of the National Indigenous Research Knowledge’s Network based at Queensland University of Technology. She is a mother of one daughter, and a grandmother. In her spare time she meditates, paints, and plays, sings and composes music with her brothers.