palawa Enterprises

palawa Enterprises Pty Ltd (pET) has been established by the Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania (ALCT) to oversee the operation of the wukalina Walk (The Walk) tourism venture, within the dual named wukalina/Mt William National Park, an area considered to be the cultural homeland of the palawa (Tasmanian Aboriginal) people.

The ALCT is the ultimate beneficial owner of palawa Enterprises which in turn is managed by a seven member, independent Board. The wukalina Walk has been predominantly supported by the Parks and Wildlife Service, Tourism Tasmania, and Premier and Cabinet. And has received financial assistance from Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Indigenous Land Corporation and Indigenous Business Australia, and has also been the beneficiary of support from a number of philanthropists and major Tasmanian tourism businesses.

palawa Enterprises Trust Board Biographies


Clyde Mansell (Elder)

Over more than 40 years Clyde has held a wide range of positions, across both the Government and private sectors.

He was the first Legal Field Officer in the north of the State for the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC) and was influential in bringing the community together while establishing the TAC’s Northern branch, he has also served as State Secretary for the TAC.

Clyde has held the role of Chairperson of the Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania (ALCT) for the past 20 years and has been instrumental in achieving significant recognition and funding for the organisation to date.

He is a Tasmanian Aboriginal Elder, was NAIDOC Aboriginal of the year in 1990 and served a term on the World Heritage Committee. He is the current chair of the Aboriginal Elders Council of Tasmania and continues to; be a leading spokesperson for land return; undertake a strong community advocacy role; and, act as a prominent voice for social justice change for his people.

Andrew West

Andrew has had significant personal and professional travel experiences throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, Europe, USA and Canada, and currently serves on two voluntary Not for Profit Boards.

In 2004 he purchased Under Down Under Tours a company that specialises in small group coach tours throughout Tasmania – ranging from 2 ½ hours through to 9 days; from downhill bike adventures to extended accommodated and camping tours.

Andrew has been professionally involved in the Australian and New Zealand travel industry for 27 years, predominately with the youth and adventure sector; his background has included Tour Guiding, Group Tour Sales and Management, and Operational Management.

Prior to purchasing Under Down Under Andrew worked for companies such as APT, Connections Adventures, AAT Kings and Experience Tasmania.

Jack Birrell

Jack is Managing Director of Birrelli – art + design + architecture, and owns and operates The Hatherley Birrell Collection - art + design + accommodation in Launceston (boutique accommodation in an 1830’s colonial home complemented by contemporary 2014 Birrelli designed garden pavilions).

In addition he is; a Registered Architect; a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), a Corporate Member of Council Education Facility Planners Int. and the Tasmanian Representative for the Association of Consulting Architects Australia (ACAA).

Jack is a Member of Interpretation Australia (IA), and has completed a Master of Architecture - Thesis topic - ‘Sustainable Design in Remote and Sensitive Areas - Evaluation of Modern Settlement Planning and the Built Environment in the Cradle Valley, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.’

Jack also lectures at TAFE on Interior Design/perspective drawing and is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Architecture and Urban Design, UTAS, and a Senior Lecturer/Unit Coordinator in Specialized Studio - Applied Design in Construction.

Audrey Frost (Elder)

Audrey grew up on Cape Barren and Flinders Islands, later moving to mainland Tasmania.

Audrey and her husband owned and operated a corner store in Launceston for five years, later purchasing six government school bus contracts and becoming self-employed once again.  Audrey and her husband provided these critical services for eighteen years, enjoying getting to know the children from local communities, watching them grow up and move through their education.

Later, Audrey worked for nine years at the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC) in Launceston, initially with the aged community, providing home help and assisting with transports, before later moving into administration. Audrey found this work extremely rewarding given the critical role these services play in terms of improving the health and wellbeing of the Aboriginal community. 

As an Aboriginal person actively engaged with her people, Audrey is looking forward to being part of what she sees as an exciting and unique venture, a very first for Tasmania.

Sarah Foden

Sarah Foden is a Tasmanian Aboriginal woman, who previously worked with the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC) and the Aboriginal Health Service (AHS) based in Launceston, for a combined period of over ten years.

Sarah worked in the Northern Territory for over five years implementing health programs and monitoring compliance, for Danila Dilba Health Service (DDHS) and their associated remote community clinics. Prior to this, she undertook key management roles within the conference and events, and hospitality, industries.

Sarah undertakes the role of bookkeeper for the Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania (ALCT), is a senior project coordinator at ALCT and is actively involved in the local Aboriginal community.

Anthony O'Hern

Anthony owns and runs Cradle Mountain Canyons, the first and only canyoning company in Tasmania. He set up the business in 2010 and its success has led to several awards, including Gold at the Tasmanian Tourism Awards.

Before setting up his own business, Anthony travelled and worked as a wilderness guide in Tasmania and overseas for 10 years, including white water rafting, bushwalking, canyoning and sea kayaking.

Adventuring has been an important part of Anthony’s life and some of his more interesting journeys have included exploratory kayaking trips in Tajikistan and Tibet and a month-long, 1500km solo traverse along the Great Wall of China.

Anthony has a keen interest in raising standards in the eco and adventure tourism sectors. He is a qualified trainer and assessor and runs nationally recognised guide training courses. He also chairs a committee developing a national Adventure Activity Standard for canyoning.

Cradle Mountain Canyons also organises the Cradle Mountain Film Festival, sharing Tasmanian and international stories through art and film at this annual adventure festival and other film events throughout the year. 

Anthony’s efforts in setting up Cradle Mountain Canyons were recognised when he won the Minister’s Young Achiever Award at the 2011 Tasmanian Tourism Awards.