Tamara is the first in her family to graduate from university, an accomplishment she is very proud of. “If you are committed and passionate you can achieve what you want. I spent a lot of time on country camping with family and I always dreamed of building a career that allowed me to work on country and with community,” she said.
In 2011 Tamara completed a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Management) with First Class Honours. This led to a position as a Project Coordinator at Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation in WA.
A passion for promoting leadership within her community, and for building the capacity of traditional owners to manage their own environmental projects, developed into a desire to learn from the conservation community worldwide. Last year Tamara moved halfway across the world to study at Green Templeton College, Oxford, and is now in her second year of a Master of Philosophy in Geography and the Environment.
The scholarship sponsored by the Indigenous Land Council in memory of Murray Chapman, the ILC’s first Indigenous CEO, aims to support young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at the tertiary and post-graduate levels in a land management-related discipline.