Nicola heading west as part of Jawun program

Project Director Nicola Allan will soon be heading to the Far West Coast as a Jawun Indigenous Partnerships secondee.

Secondees from Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Adelaide at Mt Barker wetlands in 2017

Nicola will spend 6 weeks working with the Ceduna Aboriginal Corporation, and in the Aboriginal community of Scotdesco, with a focus on how Indigenous culture, skills and expertise can be better leveraged to support the community and in a commercial tourism setting.

A key element of the project will be to develop the vision for a new collective cultural, language and tourism centre for Ceduna. Nicola hopes to use her experience as the Project Director of the Cleland Wildlife Park redevelopment project to bring this knowledge to her secondment project.

The Jawun Indigenous Partnerships was founded in 1995 in an effort to effect real change by developing skills and enhancing capabilities of Aboriginal communities in order for them to take ownership of their future.

The partnerships between private and public sector employees with First Nations across Australia allow employees to use and share their skills and knowledge to increase the capacity of Indigenous leaders, organisations and communities while also gaining a greater insight into Aboriginal culture.

Jawun operates in 10 regions around the country with two in South Australia: Lower River Murray, Lakes and Coorong and the Far West Coast.

Nicola will be the second DEW Jawun secondee following Business Services Team Leader Gayle Smith’s secondment with the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority in 2017.