New project officer seeks elders

AFTER 17 years with TAFE in Coffs Harbour and Yarrawarra Aged Care, Deborah Dootson is about to add a significant extra element to her repertoire.

As an appointee of Aboriginal Corporation for Employment and Training (ACET), Ms Dooston is the new Aboriginal extension project officer.

This project, which aims to increase indigenous involvement in natural resource management, is funded by the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority.

“I am looking forward to learning and experiencing new challenges with the support of our elders in providing significant knowledge and skills in land and sea management,” Ms Dootson said.

She said this was important not only for the protection, understanding, learning and respect of Aboriginal cultural heritage but also for the region's unique environmental assets.

MS Dootson has worked with TAFE NSW as an educational support officer and Yarrawarra Aged Care as a social support co-ordinator for the elderly.

She said these roles had given her a range of administrative skills and strong connections with local elders' groups.

Deborah can be contacted Thursday and Friday on 6651 6333.



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