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Cr Teddy Bernard

Councillor Teddy Bernard is a Kunjen/Kokoberra/Kokomenjen man from Kowanyama and the proud father of two.

He grew up in Kowanyama, where he attended the State School from pre-school to year 10, before completing years 11-12 at Atherton State High School.

In his youth, Councillor Bernard represented Australia in track and field as part of the 1996 Los Angeles Indigenous Athletics Elite (IAE) program.

A graduate of the Cape York Leaders program between 2009 and 2011, Councillor Bernard has been a highly active advocate for Native Title programs for the past 18 years and is a member of the Board of Directors at the Abm Elgoring Ambung Aboriginal Corporation (Kowanyama PBC). The PBC acts as an agent for the Native Title rights and interests of the Kowanyama People in south-west Cape York. 

Cr Bernard also participated in the Diplomacy Training Program through the University of NSW. This led to engagements in an Oxfam Australia youth delegation with the United Nations to East Timor in 2011.

Previously a Councillor from 2012-2016, Councillor Bernard returns to Council with years of experience behind him. His goals for his present term in office include education, training and culture.


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