Ex­cel­lence award recog­nises good work

Great Southern Herald - - News - Shan­non Smith

The Great South­ern’s Rob­bie Miniter and the Wir­rpanda Foun­da­tion pro­gram have taken out the re­gional ex­cel­lence award at the re­cent Sport and Recre­ation In­dus­try Awards.

As the Great South­ern sports de­vel­op­ment man­ager, Mr Miniter has been run­ning the pro­gram for four years in Albany and sur­round­ing Great South­ern towns in­clud­ing Gnowangerup.

He said his aim was to build col­lab­o­ra­tive part­ner­ships with lo­cal govern­ments, or­gan­i­sa­tions, Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and State gov­ern­ment agen­cies to ad­dress sport, cul­ture and recre­ation.

“I re­ally try to de­velop the aware­ness of so­cial and emo­tional well­be­ing of in­dige­nous peo­ple,” he said.

“There is a wedge be­tween the way we un­der­stand the in­dige­nous side of things and how far we have come through the poli­cies and how it has im­pacted on to­day’s so­ci­ety, where a lot of fam­i­lies are bro­ken down with grief and loss.

“We help Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ties be­come aware of how that has af­fected them.” An in­crease in par­tic­i­pa­tion and use of recre­ation fa­cil­i­ties by Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple in the Great South­ern has been no­ticed by the com­mu­nity pas­sion­ate man.

The foun­da­tion gives Mr Miniter the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop the fu­ture of in­dige­nous and nonindige­nous com­mu­ni­ties.

“I have al­ways loved work­ing in be­tween and col­lab­o­rat­ing be­tween the two.

“Be­fore I took up my role with the foun­da­tion, I was in lo­cal gov­ern­ment for 20 years and it gave me the abil­ity to work within the two so­ci­eties.

“I don’t even look at the clock when I’m work­ing be­cause I know that there are young guys that are stuck in sit­u­a­tions where they can be­come vul­ner­a­ble af­ter hours.” Mr Miniter also re­ceived an Or­der of Aus­tralia Award this year.

Sport and Recre­ation Min­is­ter Mick Mur­ray with Rob­bie Miniter.

Dun­can Ord, di­rec­tor-gen­eral of DLGSC, with Rob­bie Miniter.

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