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. .

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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

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Jasmyn Ir­win is in­volved in the new Abo­rig­i­nal Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence in Western Syd­ney.

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