Cen­tre gives Jas­mine a kick­start to new ca­reer

Mum se­cures fi­nance hub role

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Is­abell Petrinic

MURU Mit­ti­gar Abo­rig­i­nal Cul­tural and Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre has helped about 750 job­seek­ers since it was es­tab­lished in 1998.

Coly­ton mum Jas­mine Kennedy got her jump-start to a new ca­reer change through the Abo­rig­i­nal Em­ploy­ment Strat­egy, which found her a job at Muru’s Com­mu­nity Fi­nance Hub.

Ms Kennedy, from the Barkindji tribe (from barka mean­ing a river), is the hub’s new ad­min­is­tra­tion and loans of­fi­cer.

“This is a good tran­si­tion back to work,” Ms Kennedy said.

The 20-year-old is re­turn­ing back to work three days a week af­ter hav­ing her first baby.

Muru cur­rently em­ploys 40 full­time equiv­a­lent staff, and has had more than 150,000 vis­i­tors to the cen­tre, in Castlereagh, seek­ing a cul­tural aware­ness ex­pe­ri­ence.

The cen­tre part­ners with gov­ern­ment and non-gov­ern­ment clients, to ex­pand mean­ing­ful em­ploy­ment and up­skilling op­por­tu­ni­ties for its tar­get com­mu­nity.

Its lat­est part­ner­ship is with the new Syd­ney Zoo, at Bun­gar­ribee Su­per Park, to bring Abo­rig­i­nal cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences to vis­i­tors.

The zoo will work with Muru to train Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple for full­time roles as rangers to de­liver Abo­rig­i­nal cul­tural tours, bush re- gen­er­a­tion and an­i­mal care — and has set an em­ploy­ment tar­get of 10 per cent Abo­rig­i­nal em­ploy­ees.

Muru Mit­ti­gar’s cul­ture ed­u­ca­tor, Tregear’s Kyle Ni­cholls, 21, is putting his polic­ing dreams on hold to join the pro­gram.

“I think it will be great ex­pe­ri­ence to take a new path and to work with an­i­mals,” Mr Ni­cholls said.

■ Castlereagh’s Muru Mit­ti­gar Abo­rig­i­nal Cul­tural and Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre pro­vides a range of em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in land man­age­ment, hos­pi­tal­ity, tourism and fi­nan­cial ser­vices, with a fo­cus on the pro­vi­sion of train­ing and em­ploy­ment for Darug and other Abo­rig­i­nal job­seek­ers;

■ Muru Mit­ti­gar Com­mu­nity Fi­nance Hub has been open since 2012 and, al­though run by Muru, is open to all low-in­come earn­ers, of­fer­ing fi­nan­cial coun­selling, fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy ed­u­ca­tion and no-in­ter­est loans;

■ The hub is at 454-456 High St, Pen­rith. De­tails: 1300 MURU HUB;

■ To find out about Muru’s cur­rent po­si­tions va­cant, visit mu­ru­mit­ti­gar.com.au/ po­si­tions-va­cant.

Muru Mit­ti­gar Com­mu­nity Fi­nance Hub’s new ad­min­is­tra­tion and loans of­fi­cer Jas­mine Kennedy, who is start­ing in the role af­ter ma­ter­nity leave. Pic­ture: David Swift

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