Lurlene is a descendant of the Wakka Wakka people, the Kabi Kabi people, and South Sea Islander heritage from Pentecost Island in Vanuatu.
Lurlene is a current Board Director of the Indigenous Wellbeing Centre (in Bundaberg), and lives in Raglan.
Lurlene is the Native Title and Cultural Heritage spokesperson for the Lonweigh Aboriginal Corporation and Chairperson of the Bunya Peoples’ Aboriginal Corporation. She is also an active member of the University of Southern Queensland Elders and Valued Persons Advisory Board. Lurlene was elected to the FBA Board in 2014.