Work plan is mapped: Session puts indigenous opportunities into clear focus

10 October 2013, Chinchilla News.

WESTERN Downs area traditional owner Zeta Binge helped map out the next decade of local indigenous work opportunities in a two-day planning session at Miles at the weekend.

The Arrow Energy backed planning session identified the type of work that will become available and the skills that indigenous people will need to fill these jobs.

With this knowledge, traditional owners then planned the long-term future needs of their communities.

The aim was to combine this knowledge and planning into a single, guiding document to be called the Western Downs Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Community Workforce Plan.

Ms Binge said the day was a huge success. “We had such a broad range of people showing interest in indigenous employment and training and indigenous business opportunity around Miles,” she said. “This was a great opportunity to strengthen the relationship between traditional owners, Arrow Energy and Employment Skills Queensland, and for the broader indigenous community to understand how the relationship will work to get the best benefit for indigenous people.”

The weekend workshop also included a camp oven lunch, traditional dancing and visits to sites of Aboriginal Cultural significance. Traditional owners from across the region and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island residents of Miles, Drillham and Dulacca also attended.



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