Ngarrindjeri man, Grant Rigney has followed in the footsteps of his father, his brother Daryle and other Ngarrindjeri leaders in advocating for Ngarrindjeri rights and responsibilities for their Country. He has worked both within and alongside the South Australian government Department for Environment and Water (DEW) over the last 10 years.
Earlier this year, Grant was presented with the 2018 NAIDOC SA Caring for Country award, he is the former Chair of the Murray, Lower-Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations (MLDRIN) Confederation, member of the Basin Community Committee, MLDRIN representative on the National Cultural Flows Research Project and currently interim Chair of the new Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal Corporation, Grant is a tireless advocate. He is an investigator on numerous Australian Research Council projects and a member of a new Goyder Research Institute project with DEW and Flinders University.
His knowledge of water policy and his ability to weave it together with issues of Aboriginal sovereignty and Nation-building is unparalleled. He has and continues to provide expert guidance to the DEW in improving its Aboriginal engagement whilst advocating for Ngarrindjeri sovereign rights.