Aboriginal leadership course: Australian centre to partner with Ngarrindjeri Ruwe Empowered Communities

Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre chief executive officer Robyn Forester meets Ngarrinjeri Ruwe Empowered Communities' Nathan Rigney and Bill Wilson, with the AILC's Jayden Oakley, in December. Photo: Facebook/AILC.
Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre chief executive officer Robyn Forester meets Ngarrinjeri Ruwe Empowered Communities' Nathan Rigney and Bill Wilson, with the AILC's Jayden Oakley, in December. Photo: Facebook/AILC.

The next generation of young Aboriginal leaders will be trained on Ngarrindjeri country following a partnership between local authorities and the Australian Aboriginal Leadership Centre.

About 20 to 30 Aboriginal people aged between 16 and 25, and living in the Murraylands, will be selected for the course.

Each will be equipped with the skills they will need to take up leadership positions in the region's many Aboriginal-led enterprises - the likes of training provider Ngopamuldi Aboriginal Corporation, community-controlled health service Moorundi or newly launched fishing venture Kuti Co.

Only three other regions in Australia will get access to the course.

Local Empowered Communities engagement coordinator Nathan Rigney said the opportunity was an exciting one.

Where the previous generation of leaders had mostly learned on the job, the next would bring fresh perspectives gained through their more formal training.

"(It) may be the first time ever we've run a leadership program like this in the region, from talking to a lot of the old people," he said.

"We're bringing another level of that educated leadership approach into our organisations, and see this as adding capacity to our organisations and the region.

"It's an opportunity for us to take the learnings from what the NRA (Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority) achieved over the last 15 years or so and ... support our next steps."

The initiative is being led by a local Empowered Communities board, which has taken over some responsibilities from the NRA during the past year.

The Ngarrindjeri became the eighth Indigenous people to join the national Empowered Communities initiative, which aims to give more decision-making capacity to local people, in 2018.

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