Naidoc themed careers day held at Cloncurry Community Precinct

Polcie Liaison Officer Margaret Wilson, Legal Aid solicitor Marcia Sullivan, and Naidoc committee secretary Monique Shepherd.
Polcie Liaison Officer Margaret Wilson, Legal Aid solicitor Marcia Sullivan, and Naidoc committee secretary Monique Shepherd.

BUSINESSES and service group representatives were keen to remind local school students that there is plenty of opportunity on offer in Cloncurry. 

The Naidoc careers day held on Wednesday had numerous stalls in the community precinct.

Some of the representing organisations included Ernest Henry Mine, Aurizon, the Cloncurry Shire Council, QPS, and K & R Contracting. 

Being a Naidoc theme meant most opportunities and programs offered from stalls had an Indigenous focus, including the Queensland Police Service’s Indigenous Recruit Preparation Program. 

Ernest Henry Mine representatives, including supervisor George Korabo, offered the Indigenous employment program which provided 10 weeks of training at Myuma, in Camooweal.

“We’re kicking some massive goals,” Mr Korabo said. “The more we get out there the more benefit it will be.”

The mine also offered the school leavers program. 

LISTENING: Students from Cloncurry schools listen to the guest speakers who offer motivating life advice from their own experiences.

LISTENING: Students from Cloncurry schools listen to the guest speakers who offer motivating life advice from their own experiences.

Cloncurry State School deputy principal Brendan Baillie said the students gained many ideas of career paths they might be able to take from attending the event. 

“It is fantastic a lot of industries turned out, which is really good that they are supporting their schools,” Mr Baillie said. 

Longreach Agricultural College representative Ella Paine is a past student who grew up on her family’s property near Winton. She completed a Cert 2 and Cert 3 in six months. 

“I learned so much. Not just from the course but from the experience itself, from the instructors and the whole community at the college. It’s a strong community.” 

Spinifex College teacher Amanda Farrelly advertised the RATEP course. The school worked with TAFE and James Cook University to encourage Indigenous locals to work in education.

Police liaison officer Mitch Hudson and Sergeant Heidi Rix offer information on police recruitment programs.

Police liaison officer Mitch Hudson and Sergeant Heidi Rix offer information on police recruitment programs.

Indigenous students could study locally instead of travelling to Cairns and Townsville for the course. 

Cloncurry police liaison officer Mitch Hudson is a born and bred local who entered the role after working at the local PCYC. He was among representatives at the QPS and PCYC stall. 

“I wanted a change. I did two weeks training at (QPS) Oxley Academy in Brisbane, and I have been in the job three years,” he said. 

Centacare's Leeanne Harris, with Naidoc committee president Ronald 'Hombre' Major, and Centacare's Jo Moore.

Centacare's Leeanne Harris, with Naidoc committee president Ronald 'Hombre' Major, and Centacare's Jo Moore.

“It’s easier because I’m from here and local knowledge is so important, and helps police carry out duties.”