A joint initiative
Aboriginal Project Officer role is helping to close the gap for Wirradjuri people.
Council has entered into a Joint Funding Agreement with Northparkes Mines for the engagement of an Aboriginal Project Officer for a period of three years. This position is auspiced through the Parkes and District Neighbourhood and Community Information Centre Inc. The aim of the Aboriginal Project Officer role is to close the gap on indigenous disadvantage in line with the Government's Indigenous building blocks.
The key priorities for this role are:
- Transport infrastructure
- Early childhood
- Economic development
In addition to these priorities, the role supports the cultural development of the Aboriginal Community of Parkes Shire by the facilitation of community forums and works closely with the Parkes Aboriginal Community Working Party.
Recent accomplishments of the Aboriginal Project Officer
- Outreach Eye Testing Clinics conducted at the Currajong Aboriginal Health Centre Inc. in Parkes every 12 weeks.
- Outreach eye clinic being conducted at Neighbourhood Central Community Hub.
- Attended the National Awards for local Government in Canberra for Excellence in Promoting Indigenous Culture.
- Female Aboriginal Health Nurse secured for Parkes every Thursday and Friday at the Currajong Aboriginal Health Centre.
- Launch of a ramp access to the Peak Hill Community Hub for people with a disability or are frail or aged.
- A weekly program of NAIDOC Week Celebrations activities, guitar lessons, guided tours in Parkes and Peak Hill, fish netting workshops, women’s basket weaving and dream catcher workshops.
- Parkes High School healthy eating and 8 week cooking program.
- Assisting students at the homework centres with completion of their school assessments or homework.
- Coordinating the Peak Hill and Parkes homework centre incentives.