Dr Anne Poelina is a Nyikina Warrwa woman who belongs to the Mardoowarra, the lower Fitzroy River. She is an active community leader, respected human and earth rights advocate, filmmaker and highly qualified academic, with two Doctorates of Philosophy (PhD), three Master degrees and two undergraduate degrees. For the past 30 years Anne has focused on the development of multimedia resource kits for the Nyikina language, including the Nyikina dictionary which ensures the preservation and promotion of Nyikina language and culture.
Ann is the chair of the Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council, a collection of Elders and young leaders from the tribes connected to the Mardoowarra. This alliance of Traditional Custodians have come together to stand with One Mind and One Voice, to protect the River from invasive development. The Council works with leading national and international scientists, lawyers and academics to give rights to Community and Country.