Michael Manikas

Michael is descendant of the Biripi and Worimi peoples of the mid NSW north coast and resides on Cammeraygal country in Mosman NSW.

Michael is passionate about improving engagement and participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with specific focus in the built environment.

Michael’s professional career spans over 25 years in the construction and property sector primarily as a Quantity Surveyor but has also held senior roles in the not for profit sector as CEO of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors and as a group executive with the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

While at the GBCA, Michael’s interest in Indigenous engagement involved the establishment of an Indigenous program of events, establishment of the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) as well as working with numerous members on their RAP’s


WORKSHOP: Importance of Place Making on Mental Health

Michael Mannikas and Leanne Howard

Michael and Leanne will discuss the importance of having a sense of belonging to place making and the importance of preservation of historical places and gathering places.

A vital and powerful connection to Country is of major importance for First Nations Peoples and ties into mental health issues including suicide from the effect of being displaced from land.