Former Junee woman Katrina Fanning has been named the new chairperson of the Australian Rugby League Indigenous Council (ARLIC).
Fannning, who was a member of the inaugural Jillaroos Test team in 2005, represented Australia 26 times.
She replaces MP Linda Burney, who was born in Whitton, in the role.
Laurie Daley has also come onto the council for the first time.
Fanning said it was an honour to be able to lead the ARLIC.
“Rugby league has played such a pivotal role in my life, as has ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a strong voice within communities,” Fanning said.
“The game that I grew up with and that I love has welcomed and embraced so many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players, participants and fans over many years – including my fellow council members, Mal Cochrane and Laurie Daley.
“We have an incredible representation of Indigenous players within the NRL – more than 12 per cent now – and close to 20 per cent of grassroots players hail from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.
“I’m looking forward to helping grow this number and to continue to promote the positive work that the NRL, our states and our clubs deliver in Indigenous communities on a daily basis.”