About Us



The Nangala Project is the non-profit arm of Balarinji, a leading Australian Indigenous strategy, art and communications company.

The Sydney Balarinji Group is a leading Australian Indigenous art, strategy and communications company. Established in 1983 by John Moriarty and Ros Moriarty, Balarinji comprises the contemporary design studio, Balarinji, and the Indigenous communications and facilitation practice, Balarinji Consulting.

Balarinji delivers an integrated, comprehensive service in the areas of graphic design, public art, web, visual effects and animation, industry relations, HR support, community engagement and government relations. Working throughout Australia and internationally, Jumbana’s client list includes Qantas, Nespresso, Stocklands, Downer EDI, U2, IBM, CSIRO, Austrade, Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce, Sydney Opera House, Xstrata, Northern Territory Airports Corporation, CIC Australia, Bank of America and Village Roadshow.

For more information go to balarinji.com.au.

The Nangala Project is a DGR registered Australian charity

Established in 2011 by John Moriarty and Ros Moriarty, the Nangala Project is a non-profit initiative to relieve poverty and disadvantage amongst Australian Indigenous children and their families, through creating locally engaged, sustainable opportunity. The Nangala Project is a Public Benevolent Institution and is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient.

Nangala Project Ltd Board of Directors

Director and Co-Chair, Dr John Moriarty AM

John is Chairman and co-founder of Balarinji.

A full member of the Yanyuwa people of his birthplace, Borroloola, Northern Territory, John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Flinders University, and is a Churchill Fellow. John is an Honorary Doctor of the University of South Australia, and a Convocation Medalist of Flinders University.

John is a former Board Member of Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, the National Indigenous Council, the National Aboriginal and Islander Health Council, the Australian International Cultural Committee, the Northern Territory Tourist Commission and South Australian Museum. He is a former Chairman of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board of the Australia Council and the National Aboriginal Sports Corporation of Australia, and a former Deputy Chair of Indigenous Business Australia.

John is the recipient of the Member of the Order of Australia (AM), the St Peters Citizenship Award, and the Advance Australia Award for Service to Industry and Commerce.

John’s autobiography, Saltwater Fella, was published by Penguin Books in 2000, and was Highly Commended in the Australian Human Rights Commission Literary Awards.

Director and Co-Chair, Ros Moriarty

Ros is Managing Director and co-founder and creative director of Balarinji Studio.

Born in Tasmania, Ros is a graduate of the Australian National University, majoring in Anthropology, French and Linguistics. Ros was formerly a journalist with Radio Australia in Indigenous affairs, women’s issues and the environment. She has also held senior positions with the Federal Department of Aboriginal Affairs in Canberra and Sydney, and Australian Volunteers Abroad.

Ros’ Board appointments have included the Council of the National Gallery of Australia, Australian Major Events, the Council of the Australian Academy of Design, and the Board of the Menzies School of HealthResearch, Darwin.

She has been awarded South Australian Business Woman of the Year, the Advance Australia Award for Service to Industry and Commerce, and the St Peter’s Citizenship Award. She was inducted into the Australian Business Women’s Hall of Fame in 1999, a finalist in the NSW Telstra Business Women’s Awards in 1999 and in 2012, was inducted into the Design Institute of Australia Hall of Fame in 2014 and was named winner - Business Enterprise in the 100 Women of Influence Awards 2015.

Ros’ memoir, Listening to Country, was published by Allen & Unwin in 2010, was shortlisted for both The Age Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2010 and the Australian Human Rights Commission Literary Awards, and Winner of the National Year of Reading 2012 Award, Northern Territory.

Director, Richard Wishart

Richard is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

He was formerly the Principal of Genders & Wishart Chartered Accountants, providing professional accounting services including; audit and investigation, financial analysis and financial accounting, management consulting, taxation, company member voluntary liquidations. On the sale of Genders & Wishart to SJN Chartered Accountants, Richard became a consultant to the latter.

Richard also gives his time to community organisations. In addition to his involvement as a board member with the Nangala Project he is Deputy Chairman and Treasurer of SciWorld Inc, a not-for-profit DGR with the object of promoting public science facility's with interactive exhibitions to provide science and technology experiences for South Australian children and their families. Richard is also Committee Member and Treasurer of the International Piano Series Incorporated, a not-for-profit organisation with the object of bringing outstanding world pianists to Adelaide so as to encourage greater appreciation for the arts in South Australia and inspire piano students.

 Dr Rosita Henry

Dr Rosita Henry is Professor and Head of Discipline of Anthropology, Social Sciences, Research Fellow (The Cairns Institute), at James Cook University.

Rosita has a PhD from James Cook University, and has been employed as an academic at the University since 1992. She is a Fellow, Australian Anthropological Society; Member, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies; Member of ICOMOS Pacifica; Member of International Research Network for Pacific Alternatives: Heritage & Political Innovation in Oceania; International collaborator with Barbara Glowczewski (National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) France, on the book Le Défi Indigène, Entre Spectacle et Politique (2007), recently revised and translated into English and republished by Bardwell Press, Oxford (2011); Editorial Board Member, Int. J. of Social Inquiry, Brill Studies in Language, Cognition and Culture, e-tropic; Assessor of ARC Discovery Grant applications as an International Scholar; Accreditation Committee Member of the Australian Anthropological Society (2006-2010); President of the Australian Anthropological Society (2011).

Rosita has had 37 career publications in total, with 7 refereed publications in the last five years.

Director, Craig Foster

Craig Foster is one of Australia’s most recognised and respected football personalities, analysts, commentators and authors on football. As a former Socceroo and Captain of the Australian team, Life Member and former Chief Executive of Professional Footballers Australia (PFA), and SBS Chief Football Analyst, Craig is a true champion of the game, and well known for his generous support of grassroots youth football. Craig brings his passion, knowledge and extensive national and international experience and networks to the Nangala Board.

Director, Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann AO

Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann (AO) is an Aboriginal elder from Nauiyu (Daly River), where she served for many years as the principal of the local Catholic primary school. She is a renowned artist, writer and public speaker.

In 1975, Miriam became the Territory's first fully qualified Aboriginal teacher, holding the position of Art Consultant with the Professional Services Branch of the Northern Territory Department of Education. During this time she visited schools throughout the Territory thus gaining the opportunity to advance her commitment to the inclusion of visual art as a part of every child's education. In 1993 she became the Principal of one of the schools in Nauiyu. And in 2004 her abilities saw her appointed as a member of the Federal Government’s advisory body, the National Indigenous Council. Her achievements have been recognised in the awarding of an honorary PhD in Education and being made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1998.