Badger Bates was born on the Barka (Darling River) and was brought up by his extended family and grandmother Granny Moysey, who spoke several Aboriginal languages and knew many traditional songs and stories. He is an artist, cultural heritage consultant and environmental activist whose works of art incorporate the patterns, landforms, animals, plants and stories of Barkandji country and the Barka, portraying a strong sense of identity and close association with the land and waterways. Bates teaches young people about their culture and Country and works tirelessly to represent Barkandji people. He is the public face of the fight for waterways and support for the Barka (Darling River).