Have your say on Indigenous employment in the Riverina Murray region

On-Country Pathways Program Manager Darren Moffitt and General Manager Jebb Hutchison sign the Letter of Offer from the Indigenous Skills and Employment Program for funding to run a community co-design process that will help improve the economic prosperity for First Nations people.

Community engagement – locations and dates

2 Feb – Deniliquin, Deni RSL Club

6 Feb – Griffith, Leagues Club

7 Feb – Leeton, Soldiers Club

8 Feb – Narrandera, Ex-Servicemen’s Club

9 Feb – Albury, Albury and District Local Aboriginal Land Council

13 Feb – Cowra, Services Club 11am to 1pm

14 Feb – Harden, Harden Country Club 11am to 1pm

15 Feb – Cootamundra, Cootamundra Indigenous Community Centre 11am to 1pm

16 Feb – Junee, Ex-Services Memorial Club 11am to 1pm

20 Feb – West Wyalong, West Wyalong Local Aboriginal Land Council Meeting Room 11am to 1pm

21 Feb – Temora, Temora Community Centre 12 noon to 2pm

23 Feb – Wagga Wagga, Ngurra Hub, Ashmont 11am to 1pm

27 Feb – Gundagai, Gundagai Neighbourhood Centre, 4-6pm

28 Feb – Tumut, Cooee Cottage, 11am to 1pm

Email [email protected] or call 0439 184 719.

We are on the lookout for Indigenous community champions from the Riverina Murray region of New South Wales to work with us on a proposal to improve the economic prosperity of our people.

On-Country Pathways works with young First Nations people, helping them to find work and explore career pathways, all in a culturally safe environment with mentoring support.

We have just secured our first grant, from the National Indigenous Australian’s Agency (NIAA) Indigenous Skills and Employment Program (ISEP), to run a community consultation process with mob about what needs to be done to connect First Nations people to jobs, career advancement opportunities, and to new training and job-ready activities.

The outcome will be a proposal to the ISEP and a request for further funding to implement the actions.

Program manager, Darren Moffitt, said: “This is a milestone for us – the first round of government funding we have secured – and we are keen to get to work with the community to start making a difference at ground level.”

“We are on the lookout for community champions and key community contacts who will work with us on this co-design process. Community consultation is the first step of a big project to improve economic prosperity for all Indigenous people in this area.”

The ISEP has identified these regional priorities for the NSW Riverina Murray Region:

  • Build pathways for Indigenous job seekers that supports employment and training opportunities in construction on major infrastructure projects, health and home support sector and hospitality/retail.
  • Work with employers and training providers to ensure current and future workforce needs are aligned with industry requirements and accessible to job seekers.
  • Provide support for employers to ensure welcoming and safe environment, support mechanisms through cultural awareness training.

On-Country Pathways will meet with communities in the Riverina Murray region throughout February (dates listed on left).

For details contact Darren Moffitt 0439 184 719, or Jebb Hutchison 0402 214 748.

There’s more about the NIAA’s Indigenous Skills and Employment Program here: https://www.niaa.gov.au/indigenous-affairs/employment/indigenous-skills-and-employment-program-isep