Ualarai (Otherwise spelt Yuwaalaraay) comes from the word ‘yes’ (u’al/wol/wal).

The tribal lands of the Ualarai People (part of the Muruwari people) stretched over an estimated 12,000 km2. They were on the Narran River and lived from the Narran Wetlands (Terewah) through to Angledool near the Queensland border. They took in Walgett to the southeast. Running southwest, they extended from the Birrie and Bokhara rivers to Brewarrina. The western frontier lay between the Culgoa and Birrie rivers.

These are the people of Biodiversity Australia’s Managing Director Steven Noy. Understanding where he comes from, helps us to understand where he is going and why he is dedicated to providing real opportunities to Indigenous People.


As a 100% Indigenous owned business, we understand the role that business has to play in integrating with and supporting our local community. Our initiatives and involvement in corporate responsibility include Indigenous and Non-Indigenous activities.

Biodiversity Australia is an advocate for Aboriginal employment opportunities and work with organisations such as Aboriginal Employment Strategies (AES) and Griffith University’s Gumurrii Centre to develop graduate programs and employment opportunities for Indigenous students and employees.