Recognition for incredible women - NAIDOC Week 2018

July 10, 2018


NAIDOC Week 2018 is currently underway, held from July 8th – 15th to celebrate the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make - to our communities, families, rich history and to our nation. Queensland Murray-Darling Committee (QMDC) is committed to recognising inspirational women in line with this year’s theme ‘Because of Her, We Can!’

With Reconciliation Week events recently taking place as well as QMDC’s Reconciliation Action Plan launched earlier this year in Goondiwindi, NAIDOC Week is the perfect time to pause and highlight the contributions from hard-working women who are trailblazers in their communities.

Tanya Collins, QMDC’s Aboriginal Engagement Officer, is one such woman. Based in Toowoomba, her role is varied however her main focus is ensuring that the Aboriginal ranger teams based in Inglewood and St George are on track with their work plans, allowing them to carry out their field work quickly and efficiently.

“I’ve been involved with QMDC’s Aboriginal program for a decade now so it’s been great to see the ranger teams evolve into the well-oiled machines they are today,” Said Mrs Collins.

Tanya is a working mum, with three young children, one born just this year who all keep her on her toes. Despite her hectic life at home, 2018 as seen her act as the key liaison for QMDC’s Aboriginal ranger program.

She’s also been the driving force behind a series of public events held in Toowoomba for Reconciliation Week with guest speakers from the University of Southern Queensland and the Queensland Museum, as well as ensuring QMDC’s Regional Aboriginal Advisory Group (RAAG) meet each quarter.

“The aim of these events and meetings is to discuss our Aboriginal Program activities in line with the Caring for Country Plan and to help people connect with our heritage and culture in a way that’s positive, meaningful and progressive,” she said.

Tim Knox, Regional Coordinator of Aboriginal Programs said that Tanya’s work alongside the rest of the team has helped take the Aboriginal ranger program from strength to strength and culturally enriched QMDC’s programs overall.

“By facilitating events such as the ones Tanya has achieved this year, we’re giving the community a chance to offer their input into cultural natural resource activities, which is crucial to all areas of QMDC’s work.

“I think I speak for everyone at QMDC when I say I’m extremely proud of Tanya’s contribution and of course for the many other inspiring Aboriginal women who make things happen in our program,” said Mr Knox.

NAIDOC Week will continue to be celebrated throughout the week until Sunday 15th July.
Visit the website to see where events will be held nationally and how best to get involved.

Released by: QMDC Regional Communications Officer, Alex Halford.
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