Recognising Aboriginal excellence in the west
A $ 20 million Aboriginal Centre of Excellence will help deliver programs and services to help young indigenous people in Western Sydney and St Clair High School’s Jasmyn y Irwin is front and centre of consultations. .
ST CLAIR High School student Jasmyn Irwin spends her time fighting for facilities for young indigenous people in Western Sydney.
The Year 11 student has been part of a number of consultations which discussed the development of the upcoming $20 million Aboriginal Centre of Excellence in Sydney’s west.
“I have always been in touch with my indigenous culture and wanted to help out in any way shape or form – I think with this centre we can actually make a difference,” Miss Irwin said.
“I want to see numbers and lots of people at this centre. Parents need to know there will be a place like this for their kids so they can study, learn and redevelop their culture.”
The location of the centre has not yet been decided on. NSW Aboriginal Affairs Minister Leslie Williams said: “A range of locations will be discussed in the consultation process, but it is too early to say exactly where the centre will be located.”
The community can discuss their ideas for the centre, with consultations beginning on Friday at Rooty Hill RSL.
Details: Email enquiries @aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au.
Picture: MATT SULLIVAN
Jasmyn Irwin is involved in the new Aboriginal Centre of Excellence in Western Sydney.