As previously highlighted my career projects for over 40 years my projects have centred on communicating sensitively, effectively and working constructively with Indigenous people from remote communities in the areas of Aboriginal employment, training, health, media, enterprise and community planning.
All of these positions have involved not only living in communities but being able to act a negotiator between government agencies/authorities and communities negotiating and working to reconcile diverse views representing the relevant department at meetings with community members and councils, government agencies, local representative groups and other stakeholders
KOORI MAIL-National Aboriginal newspaper
In 1990 I assisted in the development of and edited a small regional Aboriginal newspaper that has now become a very profitable and successful Aboriginal owned enterprise. Besides travelling to remote communities throughout Australia reporting on issues my role also involved the successful recruitment and training of journalists.
Was engaged to develop a 5 year business plan for Australia’s “top ” Newspaper which included 6 months as Managing Editor
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT/POLITICS PLANNING
Worked as an advisor for leaders of both the Aboriginal nation (Dr Charles Perkins) and the Torres Strait nation (Getano Lui/George Mye).Consulted to both ATSIC and the Council of Aboriginal Reconciliation in Aboriginal issues. Managed many community consultation meetings.
I developed a number of new Aboriginal tourism and souvenir products that went on to win a number of state and national and international awards creating employment in remote communities.
ABORIGINAL HEALTH-CUZ CONGRESS
In 1993 facilitated, wrote and produced the first Aboriginal radio comedy series in Australia on the subject of aids/sexually transmitted diseases.
In 2004 developed www.cuzcongress.com an Aboriginal children’s help line for social problems in Central Australia (drugs, alcohol, petrol sniffing, violence, sexually transmitted diseases.
ABORIGINAL NATIONAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE
Designed and managed the first Aboriginal business/employment conference in Australia, NIBEC 1993/ALICE SPRINGS with Dr.CharlesPerkins. Over 2,000 delegates and visitors attended.
ABORIGINAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING
I have developed a number of major employment strategies and training programs throughout Australia.
ABORIGINAL PETROL SNIFFING/ROLL OUT OF OPAL NON-SNIFFABLE FUEL
In 2006 I moved to Canberra to develop on behalf of the Federal Government Dept of Health and Aging a communications strategy.
Indigenous Communications –FaHCSIA
In 2009 worked as a consultant to FaHCSIA developing a wide range of communication strategies and products for national Indigenous issues and information campaigns.
This involved the management of over 20 portfolios including the communications component of the Federal Government’s major legal battle with Tangentyere over the introduction of 99 year leases. This project involved liaison with all levels of senior management right up to Minister Macklin’s office. I was also responsible for conducting a major research review of all government youth diversionary funded programs in the Central desert region
Consider I have the ability to develop and maintain effective internal and external relationships and understand and practice culturally sensitive communication protocols with Indigenous communities