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Established in 2009 under the Nallawilli Pty Ltd Group of companies, Nallawilli Technology is a 100% privately owned and operated First Nation communications technology business. Providing collaboration, audio visual integration, conferencing and event production solutions, Nallawilli Technology is very active in the Australian economy, selling directly to corporates, Federal and State government departments and agencies, and non-profit organisations.
Nallawilli Technology has a fervent desire to see a growing populous of First Nation Peoples participating in sustainable economic engagement with Australian businesses, to remove reliance on welfare and handouts. We also take our responsibility to give back seriously, which is why we established a Giving Back strategy, including the First Nation Connecting initiative, and our commitment to employ 100% First Nation Peoples.
What does Nallawilli mean?
Nallawilli is a Darug Nations word meaning to "sit down and listen to one another". The Nallawilli logo represents Fire which is eternal, everlasting and always a symbol of warmth and ceremonies. Fire also represents thousands and thousands of years with thousands upon thousands of generations of cultures walking to and sitting down around this element, long before tables and offices were invented, to discuss everything that related to cultural well being, health and progress of First Nation's people.
Roderick McLeod - CHAIR
Roderick McLeod is a descendant of the Yatemetung and Ngarrindjeri Nations. In 1962, Roderick was removed from his mother and five siblings, becoming a member of the Stolen Generation. His childhood was spent in multiple State placement facilities, as well as numerous foster homes throughout NSW.
Roderick was informed about his First Nation identity at age 15, by the NSW Welfare Department, while attending high school. At 17 Roderick joined the Australian Armed Forces, where he served for 6 years, being honourably discharged in 1978.
Roderick did not see his birth family again until he was 31, a reunion in 1986 that took a 24 year long journey. Becoming more conscious of First Nation issues and disadvantages, Roderick has subsequently held many positions in Fostering and Adoption Agencies, based in Queensland and NSW, supporting First Nation children, young people and their parents ( His greatest dislike is when children are called ‘kids’).
Roderick’s personal commitment is to contribute to improving life skills and opportunities for First Nation Australians, especially youth. Roderick's aim is to lead by example and encourage First Nation people to persist with their education, lead healthier lifestyles and learn and grow their self reliance.
Background to the word Nallawilli
Founder & Chairman, Roderick McLeod’s younger sister, Pauline McLeod (deceased), was given permission by the Elders of the Darug Nation many years ago to use the word Nallawilli. She loved the word, what it represented and developed a great love for the First Nation Dreamtime stories she chose to tell as a Master Storyteller. Pauline toured Australia and the world telling the stories that included hundreds of Learning Lessons. She became one of the first female First Nation presenters to appear on ABC Play School TV and did 16 episodes througout the 1990’s. Pauline McLeod used learning lessons/storytelling as her way of contributing to and promoting Reconciliation.