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Career pathways and connection to Country

AEPO delivering trainingA partnership between North Coast Local Land Services and Booroongen Djugun College is delivering employment, training and education programs in environmental conservation and land management. Booroongen Djugun College is an Aboriginal Registered Training Organisation and provider of Aboriginal services based in Kempsey.

North Coast Local Land Services forms relationships with a range of key stakeholder groups across the regions that are focused on achieving similar goals.  This collaborative approach leads to greater outcomes for the North Coast region particularly in building community capacity for integrated management for Aboriginal communities.

The partnership with Booroongen Djugun College is one of a number of projects supported by North Coast Local Land Services with funding from the National Landcare Programme and NSW Catchment Action. Other partnerships have been formed with Madhima Gulgan Community Association based in Mullumbimby and a collaboration formed with Coffs Harbour, Dorrigo Plateau and Grafton-Ngerrie Local Aboriginal Land Councils and EnviTE Environment to deliver planning and on-ground implementation services focusing on connecting to Country outcomes in the central area of the region.

Booroongen Djugun provides Conservation Land Management training and facilitates services that deliver outcomes for Aboriginal people in the Hastings, Kempsey and Nambucca local government areas.

Aboriginal Extension Project Officer, Amie McElroy, has successfully achieved a number of funding grants for Aboriginal groups over recent years to improve Aboriginal working on Country opportunities, land management outcomes and employment pathways for Aboriginal people. Local people are encouraged to contact the Aboriginal Extension Project Officer at Booroongen Djugun College to explore Conservation Land Management career pathways and land management opportunities for Aboriginal places.

Amie said, “This partnership will strengthen Aboriginal skills in natural resource management and other land issues that affect the Aboriginal Communities.”

Hugo Marree, Land Services Officer said “Our aim is to develop partnerships with Aboriginal organisations that will improve networks, collaboration, connection to Country, and improved career pathways in land management.”

For more information about Aboriginal Extension Project Officer services, please contact Amie McElroy by phone on (02) 6560 2000 or email at anrm@booroongendjugun.com.au. To learn more about the partnership initiative please contact Hugo Marree at North Coast Local Land Services by phone on (02) 6563 6707 or email at hugo.marree@lls.nsw.gov.au.

Media contact:

Hugo Marree, Land Services OfficerPhone 02 6563 6707

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Delivery of Conservation Land Management training to Aboriginal students is an important and enjoyable role for Aboriginal Extension Project Officer Amie McElroy.