Gumbaynggirr’s all-rounder a community champion

DEVELOPMENT: Community Champion, Reuben Robinson has worked for more than a decade in Aboriginal affairs.
DEVELOPMENT: Community Champion, Reuben Robinson has worked for more than a decade in Aboriginal affairs. Trevor Veale

My name is Reuben Robinson, I am a proud Gumbaynggirr man who has lived in Coffs Harbour most of my life. I am a proud father of three Gumbaynggirr boys, and acknowledge my long-term partner, Eli for being the rock in my life.

What do you do?

I am employed as a Community Programs Officer for Aboriginal Affairs, Greater Northern Region, NSW Department of Education & Communities. Overall, I’ve worked for the State Government for the past 15 years and I thoroughly enjoy working with various communities in NSW toward further community development and empowerment for our Aboriginal Mob.

I am also the chairperson of Galambila Aboriginal Health Service Inc in Coffs Harbour and the Coffs Harbour Aboriginal Social Events Aboriginal Corporation as well as the secretary of Miidinya La Aboriginal Corporation.

What’s your favourite part about your job?

My paid position allows me to work extensively with Aboriginal communities in the region, and communicate the latest NSW Government Strategy in Aboriginal Affairs. Opportunity, Choice, Healing, Responsibility & Empowerment is the new State government initiative and I value working with Aboriginal Communities in ensuring they are fully informed on areas that will affect them, while working extensively to position communities in capacity building and toward further development.

My local priorities will always be prominent in my life. This is My Mob and where my family live, I only want the best outcomes and positive future for my children and extended Families.

How do you hope the organisation will grow in coming years?

I hope that my community organisations, CHASE & Miidinya La will further develop to ensuring continuity to our Mob. I’ve always maintained that with Continuity, focus can be maintained and priorities can be met.

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