WA ru­ral win­ner’s pas­sion to em­power

Broome Advertiser - - News - Jenne Bram­mer

A de­sire to drive pos­i­tive change and cre­ate em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple in the Kim­ber­ley has led Dar­rylin Gor­don to last night be named WA’s 2018 Ru­ral Women’s Award win­ner.

Ms Gor­don, a Jaru cat­tle-woman from Halls Creek, is pas­sion­ate about em­pow­er­ing lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple, and wants to ef­fect pos­i­tive change for the Kim­ber­ley.

Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Alan­nah MacTier­nan, speak­ing last night, de­scribed Ms Gor­don as a young woman who was pre­pared to step up to the chal­lenge of lead­er­ship and map out an eco­nomic fu­ture for her com­mu­nity.

Ms Gor­don, 26, wants to de­velop a pro­gram aimed at de­liv­er­ing em­ploy­ment skills and men­tor­ing at Lam­boo Sta­tion, 50km west of Halls Creek.

She grew up on the sta­tion and, af­ter com­plet­ing her school­ing and work­ing in Halls Creek, re­turned to Lam­boo, where along­side her un­cle Robin Yeeda, she runs more than 2500 head of cat­tle.

Ms Gor­don has set her sights on de­vel­op­ing an on-sta­tion com­mu­nity train­ing and em­pow­er­ment pro­gram for land man­age­ment and cat­tle pro­duc­tion.

With Halls Creek hav­ing one of the high­est un­em­ploy­ment rates in the Kim­ber­ley, Ms Gor­don is keen to drive pos­i­tive change by build­ing self re­spect and pride, along with valu­able em­ploy­ment and life skills.

“The pro­gram aims to de­liver a lo­cally based place and space where we can get the lo­cal mob out of town and get a lot of hands-on work ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said.

Ms Gor­don will re­ceive a $10,000 bur­sary to drive her project vi­sion and will com­pete for the na­tional award in Septem­ber.

An ini­tia­tive of AgriFu­tures Aus­tralia, the Ru­ral Women’s Award is sup­ported in WA by the Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment.

WA’s 2018 Ru­ral Women’s Award win­ner, Dar­rylin Gor­don, wants to drive pos­i­tive change in the Kim­ber­ley.

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