James Bambrick is an underground truck driver with big dreams to reach the Queensland political arena.
Mr Brambick said he started attending the Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership Program in 2016 because he had a keen interest in politics.
“I saw an opportunity and thought I’d give it a go. I’ve always wanted to get into a leadership role and strive for changes in the Aboriginal community,” Mr Bambrick said.
The Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership Program is an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders from Queensland communities to develop leadership skills and learn how to make changes in their communities.
The six-day program supports professional development through workshops.
“We have learned how to write community project proposals, and gain leadership skills through learning confidence in public speaking and addressing community issues.
“The workshop opens a doorway into networking with like minded individuals,” Mr Bambrick said.
The program gives participants the opportunity to meet parliamentary individuals and participants experience parliament as a ‘member’ when they deliver their speech about a community issue and a possible solution.
“It gives young Indigenous people the chance to be heard about matters they really care about like the drug and alcohol situation or unemployment. For me it was also a huge confidence boost both in social and personal skills and in public speaking,” Mr Bambrick said.
In 2017 Mr Bambrick was invited back to the Leadership Program as a mentor and participants were encouraged to make positive contributions to their communities by using democratic decision-making processes.
Glencore Mount Isa Mines have supported Mr Bambrick for the second year in a row when he was invited as a lead mentor in 2018.
This program gives young Indigenous people the chance to be heard about issues that really matter to them.James Bambrick - Mentor
“The 2018 Leadership Program has a renewed focus on leadership skills, development and community issues and the culminate of the one-day Eric Deeral Indigenous Youth Parliament providing participants with a first-hand experience of democratic processes.”