Playing his part educating next gen to help his people
GIINAGAY (Hello)! My name is Lachlan Skinner, I'm a proud Gumbaynggirr man born and raised here in our beautiful Country, Garlambirla (Coffs Harbour).
I am motivated, ambitious and passionate about providing opportunities for my Mob.
This passion has been all of my life and six years ago I decided I wanted to do more and be involved within my Aboriginal Community.
I'm turning 21 this month and I have loved my journey and can't wait for more.
What do you do?
I am the Acting Property Manager for the Coffs Harbour and District Local Aboriginal Land Council where I manage 54 Houses from as far as Corindi Beach down to Urunga. I play a part in my community committees including the Coffs Harbour Aboriginal Social Event. The CHASE committee coincides with other Aboriginal originations to put together the week long NAIDOC activities in Coffs Harbour and in addition organising other events throughout the year for example Children's Christmas Party and Youth Week. I have recently become a new committee member for Gumbaynggirr Cultural Experiences that will be showcasing Aboriginal culture, dance, language and bush tucker in a 1-2 hour show at Opal Cove Resort. This is very rewarding for me as I get to see first hand our culture being taught to our youth and community.I also tutor young Goori kids at the Goori Learning Centre run by Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan.
In addition I am in the process of directing a tribute to the movie Bran Nue Dae. This will be preformed at the Jetty Memorial Theatre with my Aboriginal community as one of the major events for NAIDOC Week brought to you by CHASE. Lastly, I am the photographer at the Coffs Hotel every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night. So it keeps me out of trouble I guess.
What is the favourite of your job?
I really enjoy the fact that I get to work in this beautiful community and to provide support and assistance to my people. I love and support the events we put on for our community and I really enjoy learning about my culture and working for the betterment of my people. That is truly why I feel I get so involved because there are so many negative racial stereotypes and its very disappointing to see it not only in our community but in our media. I feel we aren't here to prove anyone wrong we are here to support , respect and educate for our next generation who are coming though and to be very proud of our culture and not be ashamed.
How do you hope your volunteering will evolve in coming years?
In the future, I would love to see Coffs Harbour as a whole embracing, sharing and educating Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people about our Gumbaynggirr Culture. We would never force it on anyone but we hope that its something that people wish to see and learn. Our culture is truly incredible. Lastly, I hope to continue with my goals that I'm involved in and to continue to grow, develop and learn for more opportunities for our people.