BIMA Projects communications officer, Steven Oliver, is a descendent of the Kuku Yalanji, Waanyi, Woppaburra and Bundjalung peoples. He is an emerging writer who has been developing his skills through theatre. His latest works include a musical “Black Queen, Black King” that recently showed at the Queensland Theatre Company and a play (in development) for Jute Theatre in Cairns. As well as his writing skills, Steven brings his comic talent and engaging alter-ego Arthur Bin, a Murri man who likes yarning stories usually about his one passion in life, Jessica Mauboy. Contact
Daniel is a graduate from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Creative Industries. He has studied a range of creative fields including music and sound editing, creative writing, and journalism. He lends his skills to BIMA Project’s MOVE; a community campaign involving a series of radio messages and community days promoting physical activity amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in south-east Queensland. When he’s not working in BIMA Projects he assists school-based trainees undertaking media studies at Triple A Training.
Karen Dorante is Meriam/Wagadagam woman from the Torres Strait. She began her radio career on Thursday Island volunteering for the local community radio station in the early 1980s. Since graduating from senior studies in 1987, Karen worked with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, studied teaching at James Cook University and tried her hand at being an electrician. She re-joined the ABC in 1990 starting out as a trainee producer in Cairns. She went on to work as a presenter in Mackay and Brisbane most notably with the ABC’s national Indigenous radio program, Speaking Out. After 17 years with the ABC Karen returned to her community radio roots and joined the Brisbane Indigenous Media Association. She is currently the Projects team leader responsible for the day-to-day operations of BIMA Projects, providing progress and annual reports to the BIMA executive and sponsors grant writing and community/stakeholder relations. Karen also presents Let’s Talk on Fridays on 98.9FM.
A well-known Murri writer and poet, Samuel Wagan Watson brings a creative flare to our team with his original and engaging scriptwriting for our projects. Samuel also records, edits and produces radio messages to a high quality. He is also a regularcontributor to 98.9FM programs such as Let’s Talk and Uncle Pete’s Shout Out Show.
Nathan Talsma is largely responsible for the packaging and distribution of our project resources. He also conducts phone and face-to-face surveys and assists in the maintenance of the website. Nathan also contributes across all Brisbane Indigenous Media Association divisions.