Excellence award recognises good work
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.