Event & Program Development
Creating events and developing programs is my passion! I am care about creating quality, inspired and inventive events that have a real sense of community, whether they be corporate, private or community based events and programs.
My past events include:
Wawi Festival: a regional multi-year cultural festival celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture through storytelling, art, music, performance, native food and more.
Multicultural Street Festival (aka FUSION): a multicultural festival in Wagga's main street, showcasing the various cultures within our city.
'Because of Her, We Can' High Tea: a high tea with cultural elements, to celebrate the National NAIDOC theme in 2018.
Cultural Tour: a tour of local Aboriginal significant sites for over 50 participants that runs annually, sharing the cultural knowledge of a Wiradjuri Elder and featuring a delicious traditional lunch.
Indigenous Business Breakfast: an early morning event, bringing together various Indigipreneurs and like minded people from the non Indigenous community to create networking opportunities increasing employment and economic outcomes for the Indigenous community.
NAIDOC Ball & Awards: an Instagram-worthy affair with the themes to match, the bi-annual NAIDOC Ball & Awards is a red carpet event for the whole of community. Creating mouth-watering 3 course meals with a native and modern fusion, with each year providing a unique element, this event highlights the achievements of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, in a beautiful setting.
I have also had experience working on a number of mainstream music festivals and events from smaller scale regional events (INDENT Regional Tour with Urthboy) to large scale music festivals in metropolitan areas such as Sydney (ParkLife Festival).
Official Ceremonies: I have MC'ed, coordinated and facilitated a number of various official ceremonies for events such as National Apology Day, National Sorry Day, community consultations and more.
I have created a number of programs over the years for organisations to achieve outcomes for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community around increased economic and employment outcomes.
Garrandarang Aboriginal Book Club: a 12-month program focusing on Aboriginal authors and/or books. Providing a safe, social activity for those living in social housing estates primarily, the program (through the books) has transformed peoples perpective's of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples place in history and the contemporary context. Open to males and females, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, the program is increasing literacy and cultural knowledge whilst also providing an outlet for expression. For this program, i was successful in gaining funding from Family and Community Services (FACS).
Join the Dots 2015-16: a professional development program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creatives interested in growing their hobby into a small business. The 12-month program provided monthly workshops for participants to increase their knowledge of matters pertinent to small creative businesses in an effort to increase the number of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creative businesses as identified by the community. This program was created during my employment at Wagga Wagga City Council.
Workshops included expert presenters discussing topics such as tax, copyright, contracts, pricing work, networking, marketing, packaging, retail opportunities and variouis retail platforms and more.
Join the Dots 2016-17: a skills development program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creatives. Using a similar model to the previous year, the 2016-17 program focussed on inccreasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Ilsander creatives knowledge of various artforms.
Again, using expert presenters, the participants worked closely with industry experts to develop skills in screen printing, brush making and other artforms along with providing local cultural knowledge to inspire creative thoughts, networking opportunities and more. This program was created during my employment at Wagga Wagga City Council.
Are you in need of a website or online content for your business or organisation?
I am a self taught designer of websites and online content and I believe in presenting yourself, your skills and your business in a professional and creative manner.
If you would like a website created for your small business, service and even yourself, send me an email to discuss your visions, budget etc.
Examples of my website design:
One - on - One Mentoring
Community Development • Small Business • Creative Practices • Turning your ideas into your reality • Event Management
I am able to offer support, guidance and advice on the above categories. If you would like to be able to bounce ideas and seek support from a like minded person in any of the above categories, get in touch.
Reconciliation Action Plan Development
Reconciliation Action Plan's (RAP's) are vital living documents undertaken by businesses and organisations to show their commitment to the betterment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and culture. RAP's provide tangible outcomes for organisations and show transparency within community.
In 2020 I created a Reconciliation Action Plan for Wagga Wagga City Council (see below). If your business or organisation is looking to develop a RAP and would like some assistance, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
I also created a Cultural protocol document for Wagga Wagga City Council which you can see below.