Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams today visited the Tamworth Opportunity Hub to discuss new work and study opportunities for Aboriginal students in the New England and North West.


Mrs Williams said the Opportunity Hub, which opened in August 2014, was already helping to link Aboriginal students to further study and employment.


“I am so impressed with the work that the Local Aboriginal Land Council is doing to connect young Aboriginal people with these opportunities,” Mrs Williams said.


“Fiona Snape and her team have done a fantastic job in just nine months and I am very pleased the Opportunity Hub is being driven by the Aboriginal Community.


“While I am here in Tamworth, I am visiting the Clontarf academy at Oxley High School and I will also visit Hillvue Public School, one of the Government’s Connected Communities schools.


“I am also meeting with the Northern Regional Aboriginal Development Alliance while I am in Tamworth. Work has commenced across the North West to map services, negotiate accords, and strengthen community capacity.”


Mr Anderson said the Government’s OCHRE strategy has been welcomed by Aboriginal communities in Tamworth and the North West.


“As a Government, we have taken a considered approach and we have listened to the Aboriginal community. I am confident in the future of the Opportunity Hub because I know that it has the support of the whole community.”



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