Tristan Duggie a Warumungu, Warlpiri, Alyawarr man from Mungkarta Homelands, located 80 kilometres south of Tennant Creek shares how his community is coping with the reopening of the NT border.
In 2017 Mr Duggie was the recipient of NT Young Australian of the Year
in the Barkly region, for his dedication and commitment to Aboriginal Education.
Currently working as a Student Engagement Officer Engagement & Partnerships for the Department of Education Northern Territory Government, Mr. Duggie explains how his role in providing support and outreach to remote communities is pivotal, being the conduit between families and schools.
“It’s just being out there, working with them to support them into getting a good education”
Mr. Duggie provides support to three remote communities, Canteen Creek, Epenarra and AliCurung, where his main objective is being the conduit between schools, community members and other service providers in encouraging education for the younger generations.
Mr. Duggie’s role within these remote communities is critically important in encouraging the value of - getting a good education - and what that can look like for them and their community in the future. Currently all three schools are back and running from holidays.
“It’s good to get the young people thinking about their future and what can they do for their community while being educated on Country.”