Our Story

AFL Cape York was established initially in 2000 to coordinate the AFL Kickstart program in communities in the Cape, Gulf and Torres Strait. By applying for ‘in corporation’ status, it has been able to establish partnerships between government and non-government agencies. Its overriding mission is ‘to enhance the lifestyle skills of Indigenous Australians and increase participation in sport through the AFL game’. However, since this time, AFL Cape York  Ltd has evolved into an overarching governance body for AFL Cape York development , wellbeing programs and AFL Cape York House (boarding facility). Each arm of AFL Cape York still works toward to achieving the company’s mission however, they are different vehicles for achieving long term change for indigenous children from remote communities in Far North Queensland.

Board of Directors

John Hollander ‑ Chairperson/Director

John is a director/owner of Hollander Homes. John is a life member of the local Centrals Trinity Beach A.F.C and AFL Cairns Juniors, and Chairman of the AFL Cairns Senior Tribunal. John and his wife Valerie, have been outstanding volunteers to AFL in Far North Queensland and we are proud to have John as Chairman of AFL Cape York and was awarded a life membership with AFL Cape York Limited in 2018.

Renee Williams ‑ Director

Renee is the Executive Officer for Empowered Communities Cape York, and was previously the Partnership and Development Coordinator at Apunipima Cape York Health Council where she was responsible for analysis and strategic development. Renee has a wealth of experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia. Renee has held various positions in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, controlled health organisations, peak organisations, research centres and not-for-profit organisations.

Dean Warren ‑ Director Secretary

Dean has a Graduate Certificate of Business (Sports Management) and completed the AFL Senior Leaders Program at the Melbourne Business School ‑ Mt Eliza. Dean spent 14 years managing participation, talent and community programs in Queensland as Regional Development Manager then State Development Manager. In 2010 Dean was the Brisbane Lions General Manager ‑ Football Operations overseeing all aspects of the Football Department including coaching and development, physical performance and medical, list management, football administration, player welfare and education.

Louise Hunter ‑ Director

Louise is the Manager, Indigenous Library Services with the State Library of Queensland and has extensive understanding and experience in Government having worked in Indigenous Affairs, Child Safety and Sport and Recreation. Louise understands the opportunities that sport and education can give young people having received a basketball scholarship to study in the United States as a teenager. Louise is an example of how lifeskills and life experience are enhanced through the vehicle of sports.

Amanda Hand ‑ Director

Amandas has experience in various areas of indigenous health and youth services within the Northern Territory and Yarrabah as the Executive Officer, Business Development and Compliance Officer.

Krista Christensen – Director 

Curently working with Cape York Leaders Program for Cape York Partnerships – Krista has had extensive experience in the community services sector in NSW and QLD . Krista has sat on an number of committees including the Womens Advisory Council and the Aboriginal Advisory Council .

Troy Fraser – Director 

Troy Fraser is a Doomadgee man who is a Manager with the Aboriginal Development Benefits Trust which includes program development in sporting, education,well-being, business incubators and other initiatives.  Troy has sat on a range of committees including  Yellagundimara Health Association,  Zinc Century Mine Consultative Committee-Life of Mine  and Aboriginal Development Benefits Trust. He is actively involved in sport and recreation throughout FNQ.

Dr Chris Morrey ‑ Director

Dr Morrey is a general orthopaedic surgeon with an honours degree in science at the University of Melbourne graduating with 1st class honours in 1986, obtaining a fellowship in orthopaedic surgery from the Royal Australian College of Surgeons in 2000. Dr Morrey currently holds an elected position on the Australian Orthopaedic Association Board and is currently the Deputy Chairman of the Specialist Orthopaedics Clinical Advisory Group. Dr Morrey has previously held the position of Director of the Orthopaedic Department at the Cairns Hospital and continues to attend the Cairns Hospital as a visiting medical officer, actively participating in the training of orthopaedic registrars.Dr Morrey is actively involved with AFL Cairns and the Cairns Basketball and Cairns Taipans organisations.

Tod Dodson  – Director 

Tod Dodson is a proud Waanyi man from Lawn Hills out near Mt Isa and is a second generation Police Officer.  He currently is a Senior Detective in the QPS.  Tod also manages ‘Speak Up , Be Strong, Be Heard’ project – raising awareness in Indigenous Communities on Child Abuse.  Tod has represented FNQ/NQ/QLD  Country in Cricket from u12yrs-Open and Captained the team at the Imparja Cup at the National Indigenous Cricket Championships.