Councillor Ricky Buchanan awarded the 2022 Pat Dixon Scholarship

Mayor of Nambucca Valley Council, Councillor Rhonda Hoban, OAM, is pleased to announce that Councillor Ricky Buchanan is one of three Local Government recipients awarded the 2022 Pat Dixon Scholarship. The Scholarships were established in honour of Pat Dixon, a Dhanggati woman who became the first Aboriginal woman elected to local government in Australia.

The Scholarships, which are administered by Local Government NSW, are awarded each year to an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander councillor or member of council staff to undertake further study, professional development or research.

Recipients of the Scholarships are determined by four trustees: Cr Darriea Turley President of Local Government NSW; Local Government Aboriginal Network President, Cr Dominic Wy Kanak; Cr Dave Carter of Lachlan Shire Council, and Mr Warren Roberts, a family representative of the late Pat Dixon.

Cr Ricky Buchanan will use his Scholarship funding to undertake further study to complete a Certificate in Training and Assessment. Councillor Hoban said Council is very proud to have one of its Indigenous Councillors awarded this prestigious Scholarship.

Ricky has previously undertaken studies in land conservation management, horticulture and Gumbaynggirr language and by completing the Training and Assessment Course he will be able to train other young Indigenous people to develop their skills in these areas.”

Ricky has a deep desire to help others and by conducting classes and training people he can give them the confidence to access employment opportunities and reduce economic hardship and disadvantage within the community,” Cr Hoban concluded.

For enquiries please contact the Mayor, Rhonda Hoban OAM on 0408 661 412 or Councillor Ricky Buchanan on 0401 216 824.


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