Fred Hooper is a Murrawarri man from the Murrawarri Nation situated between Bokhara and Warrego Rivers which straddles what is now known as the QLD and NSW boarders in the Western part of NSW and Southwest of QLD. He joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1979 at the age of 17 and served six years on both surface ships and submarines. He left the Navy in 1985 and worked in the Commonwealth Public Service. After leaving the Public Service worked in a number of First Nations organisation. He was responsible for the Murrawarri Nation declaring their continued Independence from the Crown of Great Britain.
He is the Chair of the Murrawarri Peoples Council and the Northern Basin Aboriginal Nations who represents 22 Sovereign First Nations of the Northern Murray Darling Basin. He has worked tirelessly over the past 10 years to secure Water Rights for First Nations and their peoples in the Northern Murray Darling Basin.