Bill works as rural and remote General Practitioner, in far north Queensland. 
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Judith is a PhD student at JCU, assessing transitional justice processes from a gender perspective. Her research focuses on the experiences of female survivors of sexual violence in armed conflict with justice processes dealing with the crimes committed against them. Judith has a degree in Business Administration and is a Master of Conflict and Dispute Resolution. She is also a nationally accredited mediator trained in the facilitative model, and is a trained conflict coach and facilitator. Judith is originally from Germany and is fluent in English, German and French. She did extensive travelling around the world before starting her studies at JCU in Cairns.
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Tobin is an ecologist that evaluates species interactions, and how we can use these interactions to improve the services ecosystems provide, like pest control and pollination. Through his research he has found that improving species diversity in predator communities often leads to increased pest control, and thus increased food production. He is also evaluating ways of improving pollination by diverse pollinator communities. One focus crop in his research, cacao, serves as an important source of income for many people across the world, as well as produces cocoa, the main ingredient in chocolate.
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Terri Janke was born in Cairns and has family connections to the Torres Strait Islands (Meriam) and Cape York (Wuthathi). She was awarded NAIDOC Person of the Year 2011, the Attorney General’s Indigenous Lawyer of the Year 2012, and was a finalist in the 2015 NSW Telstra Business Women’s Awards.
Terri is the Solicitor Director of Terri Janke and Company, a commercial law firm. She is an international authority on Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) and has written the leading protocols and ICIP models in the film, arts and museum and archival sector. She is valued mentor, an advocate for Indigenous rights, an accredited mediator and governance expert.
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Kate Fern a finalist for the Cairns Business Women’s Awards has raised over $53,000 in the past 2 years for local charities through her organisation The Power of Pallets Inc. Described as being innovative supportive motivated and determined Kate founded The Power of Pallets Inc. a not for profit organisation which recycles and upcycles wooden pallets. From small humble beginnings the organisation has grown to establish Work for the Dole activities including a café, a wood recycling and construction shed, administration and a community garden. This year at their annual fundraiser for the FNQ Hospital Foundation with guest Jamie Durie Kate hopes to increase their donations to over $80,000.
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Jeremiah Johnson has grown into a fine and provocative Acoustic Guitar driven Australian Contemporary Singer Songwriter. With accolades to have played for “Prince William of the Royal family” and support act for acclaimed international touring acts such as Gomez, Donovan Frankenreiter, Harry Manx and Australia’s own Angus and Julia Stone, Jeff Martin (The Tea Party), Neil Murray, The Basics, Skinny Jean Band, Thelma Plum and so on.. At home in Australia Jeremiah Johnson is well regarded as an insightful songwriter, film clip producer and director, actor and respected figure in his arts community. His live concert reviews have liken him as a bard. His music tastefully blends ambient dobro slide guitar, which moves into an array of merged styles stemming from folk, world, roots, country and folk rock.
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Drum ∞ is a not-for-profit Japanese Drum Taiko and percussion team, established in 2016 Queensland Australia. ∞ call “Mugendai”=”Infinity”. Having a Taiko master Hiroyuki Hayashida (Ex Kodo Japanese professiona Taiko group member) as our mentor, Drum ∞ aim to promote cross-cultural understanding, community spirit, health and fitness, coordination, teamwork and the joy of music, through our performances, rehearsals, and workshops.

All our members are volunteers, and all monies raised from performances and classes go directly toward the purchase, maintenance, storage and transportation of our drums, gongs, other instruments, stage costumes and equipment.
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Gerry Turpin is the only formally trained Indigenous ethnobotanist in Australia and the winner of the 2013 Deadly award for Science. Gerry manages the Australian Tropical Herbarium at JCU’s Tropical Indigenous Ethnobotany Centre.
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Dr. Paul Giacomin is currently an Advance Queensland Mid-Career Research Fellow in the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine at James Cook University in Cairns. His research interests include understanding the immune mechanisms that control infections with parasitic helminths (worms), as well as exploring the potential beneficial effects that worm infection may have in alleviating inflammation associated with autoimmune diseases.
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Grace Lillian Lee is a 28 year old Artist, Designer and Curator from Cairns. Graduate from RMIT with Honors in Fashion Design and recently offered to start her Doctorate at QUT in  the Creative Industries. Grace uses her background in fashion to create a platform to explore her identity.
She ventured into her own business when she was 17 focusing heavily on race wear which lead her to then producing her label inspired by Cairns and her surrounding.
Grace then went onto mentoring Art centres who needed help with developing their art into textiles and adornment in a contemporary way. She also works with the youth to encourage engagement with expressing themselves through the creative industries.
Curating Fashion performances is where the culmination of graces experiences come together. Celebrating young women and men on a professional platform of sharing culture, through collaboration and mentorship by curator, models, elders, art centres, and by exploring social realities of peoples heritage in a performance arena.
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I completed my PhD (Zoology) at Cambridge University and followed this with postdoctoral research on the management of wetlands for biodiversity conservation in the Camargue, France. During the next 15 years of my career at the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute in Scotland I built a research team specialising in understanding and mitigating rural land management impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services. I joined the CSIRO in 2003 to take charge of CSIRO’s Townsville Laboratory from where I also led CSIRO’s Building Resilient Biodiversity Assets Theme. I went back to Scotland in 2010 as CEO of the James Hutton Institute. Recently I returned to Australia in 2015 as Deputy Vice Chancellor – Tropical Environments and Societies at JCU.
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Tracey Hannah, aged 27, is a champion downhill mountain biker who was born and raised in Cairns. She is currently ranked number three in the world.
Tracey started riding bikes at three years of age, and when she was just four years old raced her first national BMX title. She was initially inspired to take the sport up professionally by her brother Mick, who is also a professional mountain bike rider.
Tracey began her professional downhill mountain biking career at the age of 14, when she raced her first elite national title and came second. She has since won a plethora of mountain biking titles, including first place in the Australian Championships 2014, first place in the Crankworx Air DH in 2014, and first place in the City Downhill Bratislava in 2013.
After taking a break following a few serious accidents which left her with two broken collarbones, a bruised lung, and a broken femur, Tracey returned to racing in 2014.
She placed third in the 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships and in 2016 Tracey won her ninth Elite Women Downhill Australian Championships.  This year she will compete in in Canada before heading off to Europe for the final World Cup and world championships.
When she is not racing or training she writes a blog  And is studying at James Cook University and plans for a career in either multimedia sports journalism or sports marketing and business.
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Roz has been a constant in the Australian music industry for approximately 20 years, as musician, (one half of women in docs, independent original and international touring act, and as a solo artist), and as presenter, programmer and producer based in regional Queensland, currently heading up Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns Civic Theatre, Cairns Festival and new open air venue, Munro Martin Parklands as Artistic  Director.  She is heavily involved in consulting on artist pathways for many regional Queenland artists, including indigenous group and choir, Sounds of Austranesia. She is also currently touring as one of the songwriters in the Soldiers Wife project which has seen Queensland songwriters work artistically with women who’ve lost their partners in war. Roz works deeply in community arts and development projects with remote Indigenous communities in Northern Territory and Queensland. She sits on the board of QMusic, excited to be involved in the diverse growth of the Australian Music Industry. Roz is also a produced and active playwright having toured her work regionally across Queensland in collaboration with JUTE Theatre Company. Roz believes in career diversity and saying YES at every opportunity.

Deb Suckling has been involved with the music community for nearly 20 years. She started off as singer/songwriter in various bands. Deb was the Program Manager at QMusic for almost 7 years, overseeing a number of projects including coordinating the annual Queensland Music Awards, Women In Music Conference, the annual Home CD and coordinating professional development and educational workshops across QLD. In 2006 Deb started her own label Sugarrush Music with partner Craig Spann. Deb has mentored a number of Indigenous artists in Queensland and nationally, has been on the panel of judges for the National Indigenous Music Awards, is a peer assessor for the Australia Council and Arts Queensland, and has been invited to speak on panels across Australia. She now consults and works full time on her label.
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Professor Terry Hughes is Director of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, which is headquartered at James Cook University, Australia. His research focuses on the linkages between the ecology of reefs and their importance for societies and economies. He has worked extensively in Australia, the Coral Triangle Region, and in the Caribbean. An important aspect of his research is understanding the dynamics and resilience of coral reefs, and translating this knowledge into innovative and practical solutions for improved reef management.
Coral reefs are socially and economically important, supporting the food security and livelihoods of people throughout the tropics. Yet we hear a lot of gloom-and-doom about coral reefs, and many scientists are pessimistic about their future. Already, close to one-third of the world’s coral reefs are seriously degraded due to the combined effects of over-fishing, pollution and global warming. Here leading coral reef scientist, Terry Hughes, explains current approaches to building the resilience of coral reefs to climate change. While we cannot climate-proof reefs, the good news is that they do have a future if we actually try much harder to save them.
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