New page for Aboriginal cultural development

ALISON Page is the new Aboriginal cultural development officer for Arts Mid North Coast.

Mrs Page will implement the recently completed cultural strategy, Foundations of our Future.

The strategy is the product of extensive consultation with Aboriginal communities from Karuah to Coffs Harbour and is a five-year plan to create employment, education, health and capacity building through cultural and creative activities.

Alison Page has managed her own Aboriginal design practice in Coffs Harbour for eight years and is well known as one of the judges on the ABC TV program, The New Inventors.

“I am one of a handful Aboriginal designers in Australia and I have had the opportunity to take Aboriginal culture into new areas of design,” she said.

“With this position, I would like to help open more doors of opportunity for young people to take culture to places we haven't even thought of yet.

“52 per cent of this region's Aboriginal people are under the age of 19 so we have to be looking at new ways in which young people can engage with their culture and make a future of it.”

She said the region was rich in culture and had a healthy population of youth who were eager to learn more about their stories and express them in new ways.



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