Patrick Wheeler is a diversely experienced and qualified business professional who collaboratively works with business, industry and Indigenous communities to build individual capacity which then, in turn, builds stronger, more robust communities.
Following nine years of working closely with Indigenous communities and the mining sector to lead, coordinate and deliver the intended outcomes from the Gulf Communities Agreement (GCA) in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Patrick is uniquely positioned to facilitate the development of collaborative relationships between traditional owners and external parties with ambitions to access traditional lands for business interest or development projects.
Patrick’s goal is to work with all parties to facilitate the social and economic development of communities on traditional lands being used for economic gain by external business interests, whilst protecting and promoting the local cultural heritage. To this end, Patrick has the demonstrated ability to form strong relationships with all parties though the application of his exceptional communication and interpersonal skills acquired through his years of experience in local government and working in Aboriginal organisations, state government entities and the mining sector.
Extensively and appropriately qualified, Patrick has the demonstrated ability to establish and foster long term, collaborative relationships between Indigenous communities and external entities in order to negotiate the development and implementation of projects and programs which result in the strengthening of community capacity and ethical industry conduct.