A group partnership in north-west Queensland which aims to bolster indigenous employment rates in the area has been commended by the government for its innovative work.
Visiting the Young, Black and Deadly Group in Mount Isa today (September 7), state minister for aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs Glen Elmes praised the organisation for its efforts to improve education and employment prospects for the region’s indigenous people.
“The Young, Black and Deadly Group is an important one for improving opportunities for young aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Mount Isa,” Mr Elmes explained.
“This initiative helps build a stronger Queensland by focusing on delivering real education opportunities for young people now, which greatly contributes to their futures.”
The group, a partnership between the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Spinifex State College, meets on a monthly basis to develop strategies to enhance cultural and heritage pride at school, as well as a feeling of belonging.
Mr Elmes said the initiative helped young indigenous Australians to develop vital life skills, enhancing their achievements at school and in turn bolstering their opportunities in later life.
“Today’s young people are tomorrow’s adults and all communities need more informed, committed and dedicated community leaders.”