TVN On-Country is dedicated to engaging with Indigenous communities to build strong relationships and affect positive sustainable change, and here are some of our highlights:
We are actively involved with the Albury Wodonga NAIDOC Week Committee, and a proud sponsor. Our Managing Director, Jebb Hutchison, has been the Committee Chair for the last two years, and other staff members have also held committee positions.
We are acting as the auspice for the Reading Land and Healing Country project with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) Victoria, on behalf of the Duduroa Dhargal Aboriginal Corporation (DDAC). As part of our role, we have participated in audits On-Country with DDAC knowledge holders, provided in-kind administrative and financial support, and helped create and implement a Health and Safety System for which they could utilise on their projects.
We are passionate about providing tailored training and education pathways to Indigenous youth staff who we offer within the construction industry and more broadly.
Examples of this include our leading hand carpenter, Jack, who we are training to become a Site Manager, and Emily, who is undertaking Certificate III in Business Administration, with the aim of becoming a Site Administrator.
As an example, offering procurement services to clients enables us to provide real life training in many areas of business administration for staff like Emily. For example, accounts payable, accounts receivable, cashflow forecasting, preparation and ongoing management of contract documents. Customer relationship management skills are also taught under the guidance of experienced administration and finance staff.
We engage with the communities that we work. One example of this is a recent Defence project (VT11029a - Installation of Local Emergency Generator Systems at RAAF East Sale, Vic) where we engaged with the local Kindergarten, Gumnuts Early Learning Centre and organised a number of activities to promote Indigenous cultural heritage. These activities included organising the painting of an Indigenous mural at the centre and arranged a boomerang painting activity that the children participated in.
We are a proud sponsors of youth Cultural Camps run by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services. We run presentations about the exciting opportunities and pathways that exist within the construction industry.
Our Managing Director is a committee member of the Wodonga Koorie Youth Network (WYKN) Group which aims at providing direction and mentorship to young Indigenous youth to develop them into future leaders. He is also actively involved with the the Burraja Aboriginal Cultural and Environmental Discovery Centre.
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