Gayle Smith’s secondment working with the Ngarrindjeri

Business Services Team Leader Gayle Smith is the first DEWNR representative to take part in the Jawun program, with a six-week secondment working with the Ngarrindjeri community in the Lower River Murray, Lakes and Coorong. 

Secondees from Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Adelaide at Mt Barker wetlands

The national program provides an opportunity for people to develop professionally and personally, using their skills to build capacity in Aboriginal communities, while gaining an insight into Aboriginal culture.

Living in Wellington and working in Murray Bridge, Gayle worked with the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority, Ngarrindjeri Ruwe Contracting and other secondees on projects including:

  • Implementing Shared Services opportunities to optimise resourcing, governance and compliance.
  • Progressing about $1 million worth of corporate funding opportunities with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet through an Indigenous Advancement Strategy.
  • Securing funding and engaging external town planners/architects to support the Ngarrindjeri’s response to Stage 1 community consultation for the Riverfront Precinct Development Plan in Murray Bridge.

Gayle was one of nine people across the country to take part in the program, working on these projects.

Each year the Jawun program places about 400 secondees nationally, from Australia’s Leading companies and government agencies into Aboriginal organisations.