Jade Gould

Jade has curly brown hair and is smiling at the camera. She is wearing a black hat and sunglasses.

About Jade:

My name is Jade Gould, I identify as a Butchulla and Woppaburra women.

I grew up on country in Hervey Bay, with many visits to our traditional significant sites in the Keppel islands and on K'gari (Fraser Island). I was instilled from a young age to care for country, "What is good for country must come first" is one of my guiding principals.

To meet my cultural obligation to care for country I pursued a tertiary education. Being the first person in my not so immediate family (Grandparents, parents and cousins) to complete high school it was a particularly daunting first step. I completed a Bachelor of Science at James Cook University, Townsville in 2015.

I am now currently completing a Master of Science at the University of Southern Queensland, focusing on the impacts of climate change on First Nations peoples. I am currently working for the Queensland Government, helping Traditional Owners have a say in water management on their country.

My future direction is to move back to country and help implement more sustainable land management practices and empower my community to ensure country is here for future generations.