Lo­cal is­sues on agenda at NY sum­mit

Broome Advertiser - - News - Jakeb Wad­dell

A Broome leader hop­ing to be a cat­a­lyst for change in the Kim­ber­ley went from red dirt to the big ap­ple re­cently to bring lo­cal is­sues to a global au­di­ence.

Cara Peek trav­elled to New York to speak about so­cial and com­mu­nity is­sues in re­gional Aus­tralia at the Nexus Global Sum­mit, an in­ter­na­tional gath­er­ing that aims to find prac­ti­cal so­lu­tions to a vast range of prob­lems.

Ms Peek said she fo­cused pri­mar­ily on cre­at­ing out­comes to is­sues faced by indige­nous lo­cals, while chal­leng­ing the “pre­con­ceived ideas” of First Na­tions peo­ple that at­ten­dees had.

And given the num­ber of dif­fer­ent hats she wears in the Kim­ber­ley, there may not have been any­one bet­ter for the role.

The com­mu­nity re­la­tions ex­pert and lawyer is the founder of both the Yum Yum & De­li­cious indige­nous com­mu­nity sup­port and Salt­wa­ter Coun­try or­gan­i­sa­tions, as well as Nyamba Buru Yawuru deputy chair­woman and di­rec­tor at Nag­ula Jarndu Yawuru arts and tex­tiles busi­ness.

Ms Peek said she felt that Broome and the Kim­ber­ley were well rep­re­sented on the grand stage.

“I am now con­nected to a global net­work of phi­lan­thropists and so­cial en­trepreneurs seek­ing to change the world for the bet­ter through con­sid­ered and in­no­va­tive means,” she said.

“(This is) some­thing I be­lieve can and should be ap­plied in Broome and the Kim­ber­ley and, in do­ing so, cre­ate real im­pact both in­di­vid­u­ally and as a col­lec­tive.

“I hope to be able to catal­yse the ini­tia­tives I have in the pipe­line as well as as­sist oth­ers to do the same in my own com­mu­nity and Aus­tralia more broadly.”

The con­fer­ence was at­tended by more than 600 phi­lan­thropists, in­vestors and so­cial in­no­va­tors from more than 70 coun­tries.

Ms Peek has now been asked to co-chair the Nexus Indige­nous Work­ing group, which will see her de­velop a broader net­work to dis­cuss ideas for change.

“This will give Broome and Kim­ber­ley com­mu­ni­ties a new voice in a unique and pow­er­ful global net­work,” she said.

Cara Peek in New York at the Nexus Global Sum­mit.

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