About Saltwater Sistas

A portrait of Rhiannon


My name is Rhiannon and I am the founder of Saltwater Sistas.

I am a First Nation woman from the Mununjali people of Beaudesert and grew up on Gumbaynggirr Country. I'm living and running my business from the Coffs Coast, NSW and most days you will find me at the beach, working in community or spending time with my Elders.

I have been lucky to have some great opportunities like swimming with whales and sharks and spending time with Native American Elders on their traditional lands in Black Hills South Dakota, as well as running camps, workshops and mentoring our young Indigenous women. I have been featured on ABC, SBS and NITV.

My work history has been working in Aboriginal health, employment services, youth services and a women's refuge.

I have studied a Diploma of Leadership and Management, a Graduate Diploma in Aboriginal Health, Certificates in Business and Community Services and I am currently studying a Bachelor of Marine Science and Management at Southern Cross University, NSW. I have also been fortunate enough to receive rewards such as the AMP Tommorow maker award and fund in 2021, I was named top 30 under 30 most influential people on the Coffs coast by the Coffs Harbour advocate in 2022, aswell as a Student excellence award for my study in Marine Science.

why I do it

I started Saltwater Sistas because I did not have much confidence as a young Aboriginal woman. Fortunately, I was able to access some great opportunities in my life and I would like other women and youth to have these opportunities too. I invite women and youth into a space that will empower them to feel confident in life, strong in culture and community and be inspired by the ocean.

I run various workshops for groups and one-on one mentoring sessions. I work with Aboriginal and non Aboriginal women and youth.

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