Tim is a proud Nyoongar man from “Wadandi Country”. Tim’s mother and his mother’s siblings, grandfather (Tim Harris), great grandfather (Tim Harris) and great-great grandfather (Tim Harris) were all born in Margaret River.
Tim grew up in the Busselton–Margaret River region in the late 1960s, attending Margaret River and West Busselton Primary School prior to his mother moving to Perth in 1970 and eventually lived in Cloverdale and attended Belmont SHS. Tim left school in 1975 and returned ‘home’ to Busselton to stay with his uncle who got him short-term seasonal work on the local potato farms in the Marybrook area.
Tim travelled to Katherine NT in the early 1980s and secured employment with the NT Government and Commonwealth Government. Tim has worked in the major NT centres of Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs in management positions with local Aboriginal Medical/Health Services and a major Aboriginal Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre. Tim was also a member of the NT Alcohol Reform and Working Party Committee and the NT roll-out of the new Unleaded (Petrol) Fuels Implementation Reforms Working Party Committee. Tim has held positions in the mining industry as well as the WA Police Service for six years stationed in Perth, Bunbury and Wiluna.
During the past 35-40 years, Tim has held positions on various boards in the NT and WA within Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) and Government.
Tim worked and travelled to many remote communities within the NT, Kimberly’s, Pilbara, Western Central Desert, APY Lands (SA/NT) and western QLD facilitating training programmes for many local communities and community members within the mining, alcohol/drug, driver training, dispute resolution services, pre-employment education and training industry sectors.
Tim is currently completing his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) at University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) which has been put on hold for 2 years due to the COVID-19 Pandemic closure of Australian Universities from 2020 to 2022.
Tim has extensive cultural family and community knowledge and experience throughout his 35-40 years working experience combined with his personal life experiences of culture, family and community.