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Current Sitting NEDA Council

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Current Sitting NEDA Council 2017-18




Margherita Coppolino

 Community Representative


Margherita Coppolino is an Inclusion consultant. With an outstanding network of contacts in government, business and social justice organisations, Margherita has a proven ability to inspire and influence a wide range of stakeholders on inclusion issues. She has strong commercial acumen and ability to frame inclusion issues in a commercial context. Margherita is a tertiary-qualified and industry accredited Trainer and Mediator. During her career, she also has honed & developed specialist skills in project management, mediation, facilitation, recruitment, case management.

Margherita has undertaken the Australia Institute of Company Directors training and has sat a several Boards in Executive and non-executive positions. She was elected as NEDA President in 2017. Previously, she held the position of Chair on Arts Access Victoria and AFDO Boards. Non-Executive positions on Spectrum Migrants Resources Centre and Action on Disability Within Ethnic Communities, Women With Disabilities Australia and Short Statured People of Australia.

Margherita is first generation Australian, born to Sicilian mother who migrated in the 1959. She was born with a Short Statured condition and is a proud feminist and lesbian.

In her spare time you will find Margherita either taking photos, volunteering, playing Boccia, working out in the gym, travelling wine and whisky tasting and chilling with friends.


Victor Marillanca

 Australian Capital Territory

  Vice President             

 Victor Marillanca was born in Batuco, Chile on 18 May 1954. As a student at the State Technical University of Santiago he participated in politics while under the Government of Salvador Allende. In September 1973, after the coup from dictator Pinochet, he was arrested, tortured and placed in a concentration camp. He was released after 48 days and in 1975, with the help of two Australians in the Whitlam Government, escaped to Easter Island, Tahiti, Auckland and eventually to Australia. Victor settled in Canberra and in 1976 joined the Commonwealth Public Service (retiring in 2009 after 32 years service). In June 1976 he also started the Spanish language radio program on Community Radio 2XX Canberra, which was launched by the late Hon Al Grassby when he was the Australian Commissioner for Community Relations.

 Victor is currently the vice President of Ethnic Disability ACT . FECCA’s Disability Chair, Executive Member and Convenor for Community Relations of the Canberra Multicultural Community Forum, Board Member of Community Radio 2XX, Chair of the Ethnic Standing Committee for Community Radio 2XX and President of the Community Ethnic Broadcasters Association of the ACT. Producer and presenter of the Latin American Radio Program at Community Radio 2XX and also presenter of Multicultural Voices of ACT in 2XXfm. Victor has served as a Justice of the Peace since 1980, Auditor for the Australia Cuba Friendship Society of ACT since 1995 and more recently as President and Vice-President of Community Radio 2XX, Vice-President and Secretary and President of the National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters Council (NEMBC), Founder of the Australia Chile Friendship Society, President of the Latin American Refugee Association of the ACT, President of the Alianza Cultural Latino Americana and Honorary Ambassador of the ACT since 2002.

 Throughout his work as a community activist, a volunteer and a public servant, Victor has sought to enhance harmonious relations among all people and improve social justice issues for those in need . He has been particularly mindful of the importance of democratic structures and fair representation from all groups, especially on gender and minority rights issues.


  •  Justice of the Peace (1980 - to date)
  • Appreciation Award Pablo Neruda Association, Calgary Canada, for work done on behalf of Chilean people (1991)
  • Certificate of Appreciation Australian Capital Territory Volunteer of the year Award (1992)
  • Australia Day Achievement Medallion (1994)
  • Australian Capital Territory Volunteer Certificate 2001 (for 25 year Community broadcasting)
  • Honorary Ambassador for the Australian Capital Territory (2002- to date)
  • Australia Centenary Medal (2001)
  • FECCA 25 years of Service Certificate for Commitment and Contribution to Australian Multiculturalism (2005)
  • Gold Award Chief Executive Officer for 30 years Service in the Commonwealth Public Service (2006).
  • Caballero of the Order “Gabriela Mistral” on the Education and Cultural Merit - Chile (2009)
  • National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters Council (NEMBC) Certificate in Recognition for significant and valuable contribution to Ethnic Community Radio Broadcasting (2010)
  • Australian Capital Territory Government Certificate of Recognition for 35 years of service to radio 2XX and the Latin American Community (2011)
  • Australian Capital Territory Centenary Multicultural Media Award (2013)
  • Australian Capital Territory Certificate of Recognition for more than 30 years as a Justice of the Peace (2013)


Western Australia




Michael Maguire



As an Executive member on the NEDA Council, Michael represents Queensland and NEDA’s Organisational Member, TASC National of Toowoomba. Michael is currently the Treasurer of NEDA.

Michael has had a long association with TASC National – practically, from its inception in the early 1980’s. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of TASC for 10 years and a volunteer lawyer over a period of 27 years.

Michael’s background is as a lawyer/principal in private practice and in lecturing at university. He now practices as a mediator based in Brisbane and lectures at QUT and the University of Queensland.

Michael has 3 adult sons and a gorgeous baby daughter. His other interests include cycling and travel.


 Madhu Dasgupta

 Northern Territory




Ivan Matas


 Council Member



Robina Yasmin

 New South Wales

Council Member


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Dominic Hong Duc Golding


Council Member

Dominic Hong Duc Golding came in a box, ‘Operation Babylift’ one of some 300 plus children and babies evacuated from orphanages in South Vietnam. In 2000 he was involved with a site installation performance Memory Museum about Australia's involvement in war for the Adelaide Festival Centre. On numerous projects Dominic has worked with Australian Vietnamese Youth Media and in partnership with the Vietnamese Community in Australia (VIC chapter) directed Walking Without Feet (2004) an art showcase by Vietnamese young adults with special needs Dominic has returned to Vietnam three times, each time a new show was developed, Shrimp (2005, 2007) which won the Drama Victoria Award, Mr. Saigon, Ms. Hanoi (2007). He curator of two exhibitions; Unseen Habitation (2014) and Vessels to a Story (2016) for RISE, a drop in centre for refugees and asylum seekers. He is an arts and special needs worker, and sits on the Committee of NEDA and DnD, two NGOs that support those with disabilities from migrant backgrounds.


The position  is currently vacant

South Australia

Council Member 



Gustav Gebels


Associate Member 



Christine Williams


Associate Member