Olympics designer appointed as CEO of Saltwater Freshwater
AWARD-winning fashion designer Wendy Powitt is the new CEO of Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance following an Australia-wide recruitment process.
Ms Powitt's designs were worn by the Australian Olympic team to the 1992 Barcelona Games and apart from fashion, her credentials are recognised internationally through her 20-year association with Collections Design Group.
Success has earned many accolades including awards from The International Fashion Council and the Telstra Small Business Premier's Award.
After being appointed, Ms Powitt said she aims to support indigenous artists and designers to broaden their practise and reach a larger market base.
"I'm focused on brokering relationships between Aboriginal creative workers and businesses such as tourism, hospitality, construction, health and corporate Australia," she added.
Founded on the Coffs Coast, the Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance Aboriginal Corporation is a regional body for indigenous arts and culture on the Mid-North and North Coast of NSW.
The alliance covers 10 Aboriginal Land Councils including Karuah, Forster, Purfleet (Taree), Bunyah (Wauchope), Birpai (Port Macquarie), Kempsey, Thungutti (Bellbrook), Unkya (Macksville), Bowraville and Coffs Harbour.
These communities cover the three language areas of Gathang, Dunghutti and Gumbaynggirr.