We are delighted that Murawin’s CEO Carol Vale, Dunghutti woman with connections to Gumbaynggirr and Anaiwan peoples, has been appointed as a Member of the Regional Development Advisory Council. The council “is tasked with ensuring regional and rural communities are placed at the centre of government decision making, will play an important role in modernising the Regional Development Act (2004), and provide independent advice to the Minister for Regional NSW to ensure projects are evidence-based and achieve real outcomes for communities.”
Carol has dedicated her career to working towards improving outcomes for Aboriginal communities though a career that spans over three decades in a variety of NSW Government agencies including Aboriginal Affairs, Education and Housing and more recently as a co-Founder and CEO of Murawin. She has been at the forefront of developing and leading initiatives aimed at socially and economically empowering communities throughout NSW.
Carol brings to the role insights from the numerous projects and works completed to date through Murawin that focussed on ensuring Indigenous voices and perspectives in areas such as planning and renewable energy, community development and infrastructure, environment and climate change.
Additionally, Murawin’s Tiddas in Business program provides support to female First Nations entrepreneurs in regional areas equipping them with the tools, knowledge, and skills to succeed in business so that they can become a driver of change for their families and contribute to closing the gap in Indigenous economic disadvantage.
Carol is excited to deepen her work even further in regional NSW and continue to advocate for developments that value, include and service, not only First Nations peoples, but ALL people in regional NSW.
We want to congratulate Carol on her well-deserved appointment to the Council. She will be an invaluable member, bringing her extensive experience in regional development and social planning to the table to collaborate with the other members of the Ccouncil, and the communities they serve.
Read the full NSW Government media release to see other appointees and further information about what the council will be tasked to do: https://www.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/regional-development-advisory-council