TAFE Western’s Bangamalanha Conference has been rescheduled for August 15-17 and promises to be a truly remarkable cultural experience, with another high profile keynote speaker secured this week.
“I’m really proud to announce today that the Principal Advisor Indigenous Affairs, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Kerrie Tim has agreed to be keynote speaker,” Bangamalanha Conference Coordinator Tenesha Bell said.
“Kerrie is a well-known and highly regarded Indigenous advocate and has been actively committed to social justice for more than 20 years and helping people from all backgrounds build better lives.
“Kerrie has held a number of important roles including Senior Executive with the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and is also a former Executive Director for the Queensland Government.
“Her international experience includes representing Australian governments in discussions in the Philippines, United States and Canada and leading peer counselling workshops in South Africa, Israel and New Zealand on ending racism.
“It’s a huge boost for the conference and we’re really delighted to have secured such a high profile speaker. Kerrie’s bound to have some fascinating stories to tell.”
Ms Bell said other special guests would be announced in the coming weeks, with celebrity chef The Black Olive indicating his likelihood of returning.
“We were really disappointed that we had to postpone last year’s conference due to unforeseen circumstances, but we don’t have any such concerns this year, we’re really gaining momentum and are confident the 2016 Bangamalanha Conference will again contribute to a positive difference for Aboriginal education, training and employment,” she said.