Home Media Releases

Media Releases

Welcome to Country is a not-for-profit organisation whose purpose is to address employment and economic development outcomes in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. As a not for profit driven by our purpose, everything we do is focused on delivering direct outcomes to Aboriginal and Torres Strait people and communities.

Welcome to Country announces the appointment of Medika Thorpe to its board of directors 

1 May 2023



Welcome to Country, a First Nations led and operated social enterprise featuring a not-for-profit marketplace for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experiences and products, is proud to announce that Medika Thorpe has joined its board of directors.

Medika Thorpe is a proud Gunnai, Gunditjmara and Gooreng Gooreng woman, with a wealth of experience in the media and creative arts. Medika’s experience in various roles spanning across her career within media, community health and the creative arts has helped her build rapport to advocate and empower the communities she serves and supports. 

Read More

CamperMate Features Welcome to Country First Nations

20 September 2022



Experiential Travel platform, CamperMate, has brought first Nations experiences and adventures into the limelight, listing almost 200 of Welcome to Country’s Aboriginal experiences and adventures on its app and the CamperMate.com website, making an ideal one-stop-shop resource of things to do while exploring around Australia.

Read More

Welcome to Country announces appointment of Chief Executive Officer

13 September 2022



Welcome to Country, the not-for-profit marketplace for First Nations experiences and products, is delighted to announce the appointment of its new CEO, Gurindji/Ngalakan man Desmond Campbell.

Welcome to Country Chairman Troy Rugless said Desmond was chosen after an extensive and competitive selection process. “Desmond is an excellent cultural fit for Welcome to Country. His passion and vision will lead us into the future as a thriving social enterprise” he said. “The Board, of which a majority of Directors are Aboriginal, myself as Chair included, look forward to working with Desmond over the coming years.”

Read More

Welcome to Country announces first Indigenous Chair

22 April 2022



Following on from a year of strong growth in 2021 Welcome to Country, Australia’s first not for profit marketplace offering over 200 First Nations experiences and over 1000 products, continues to evolve, enjoying a year of company firsts.

The Welcome to Country team is delighted to announce the appointment of Troy Rugless as its first Indigenous Chairman. Welcome to Country has also confirmed the appointment of Paul Ah Chee Ngala
as a board member.

Read More