Meet our staff
Josh Brown is the Aboriginal Education Coordinator for all sites within the Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands and leads the Aboriginal Education & Community team. Originally from Worimi country of the Forster-Tuncurry area, Josh has many years’ experience in education with qualifications in Secondary Teaching, Health and Physical Education.
Josh and the team work closely with surrounding Aboriginal organisations, NGO’s, local and state government organisations and staff to further inspire and educate visitors to the Gardens about the various aspects of Aboriginal culture and heritage, native plants and their traditional uses.
Kalkani Choolburra is the Aboriginal Community Programs Coordinator for the Royal Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands. Originally from the Girramay, Kalkadoon, Kuku Yalanji, Yidinji, Pita Pita & Bwgcolman Peoples of Cape York & the Gulf of Carpentaria, Kalkani has found her passion in developing & delivering Indigenous programs for the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Kalkani leads the Aboriginal tourism for the Gardens, working in partnership with marketing and tourism organisations, along with media and communications personnel. This aims to highlight the Gardens significant cultural heritage to local and international guests, businesses and media through cultural tours, broadcasts and digital media communications.