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Peta-Marie Standley

Operations Manager

Peta has held the position of Operations Manager for Cape York Natural Resource Management Cape York since July 2011 overseeing operations, service delivery contracts and program development.

For the past fourteen years, Peta-Marie Standley (BA Arts Mj Ed. MA Env. Mgt) has worked both in government and Indigenous organisations in North Queensland focused on Community Natural Resource Management. She has commenced a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), on The Importance of Campfires with James Cook University.

Peta has been part of the Indigenous led co-generative action research team for the Traditional Knowledge Revival Pathways Kuku Thaypan Fire Management Research project since 2004.

Her work promotes the use of connected and collective action learning, multiple knowledge sets and collaborative spaces on and off country in undertaking respectful solution generation for solving complex social-environmental problems.

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