Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Derby: Youth forum this month

Emama Nguda Aboriginal corporation is holding a youth forum later this month.

You can read a media release here:

Youth Forum to shape future of Derby with 50 year plan
Press Release

Emama Nguda to host event 20 – 21 October

Derby, October 8, 2014:  Emama Nguda today confirmed that it is finalizing planning for its first Youth Forum to be held at the Derby Recreation Center on Monday 20th October. The Youth Forum is a first for the progressive Aboriginal Corporation and under the guidance of Chairperson Arnold McKenzie and CEO Maureen O’Meara is focused on shaping the future of Derby with the help of 12 – 25 year olds who live in Derby, Mowanjum and Pandanus Park.

Emama Nguda is focused on shaping a 50 year vision and is encouraging the community to share their dreams for Derby. The corporation hosted a forum for community and industry earlier in the year and is now shifting its energy to the local youth sector and young people who live in Derby, Mowanjum and Pandanus Park. In a recent interview with ABC radio, Ms O’Meara stated that, “the starting point was an online survey to stimulate the appetite for young people and to get them to start thinking about shaping their own future and to tell us (as individuals and agencies) what we can do to support them.”

Day 1 of the forum is specifically for 12 – 25 year olds who live in Derby, Mowanjum or Pandanus Park and will take place on Monday 20th October at the Derby Recreation Center from 1pm – 5pm. The session will be followed by a movie and BBQ to thank all young people who participate and there are prizes to be won simply for sharing their vision. The aim of the session is to encourage young people to share to share their vision for Derby, the things they want to change and to have their voices heard by the rest of the community.

Day 2 of the forum is for individuals and organisations who are actively involved in the youth sector in Derby and will be hosted by Emama Nguda at the Spinifex Hotel from 830am – 1230pm followed by a networking lunch. The session is an opportunity to discuss the current successes and challenges facing them and to define an action plan to address issues facing the local youth sector.

On the future of Derby, Ms O’Meara noted that, “We (Emama Nguda) want to know what young people and the local youth sector want it to look like in 10 years but more importantly in 50 years’ time – what kinds of jobs do they want, do they plan on living and raising a family here, what type of industry do they see here such as eco-tourism – it’s about providing a space for young people to share their vision.”

The corporation’s 50 year plan has attracted support and interest from the University of Sydney and the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research along with local businesses, the Shire and community members.

Emama Nguda Aboriginal Corporation (ENAC), is a not for profit, Indigenous, community-controlled-and-managed charitable organisation, which has been operating in the Derby/Malarabah Region for the past 18 years. ENAC was incorporated on 30 June 1994 by a proactive group of local Indigenous people with a shared goal of providing culturally appropriate employment, training and support services to people living in the region.

To listen to Maureen O’Meara’s ABC interview click here:


Contact: Maureen O’Meara

Emama Nguda

Phone: 08 9193 1600

Fax: (08) 91931 700

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