“It’s hard not being out on the ground working with the mob I normally work with”

27th Apr 2020

Tristan Duggie is a Waramungu,Warlpiri, Alyawarr man from Mungkarta Homelands, located 80 kilometres south of Tennant Creek.

In 2017 Mr Duggie was the recipient of NT Young Australian of the Year for the Barkly region, for his dedication and commitment to Aboriginal education.

Currently working as a Student Engagement Officer with the NT Department of Education , Mr.Duggie explains to Josef Egger how his role in providing support and outreach to remote communities and their schools has been affected due to the travel restrictions.

Mr. Duggie provides support to three remote communities, Canteen Creek, Epenarra and Ali Curung, where his main objective is being the conduit between schools, community members and other service providers in encouraging education for the younger generations.

His 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.

Mr. Duggie applauds the work and efforts by the schools and community members in doing such a great job during this difficult period. “We need to keep encouraging students to explore more options to have more opportunities workwise. There’s plenty do out there, then just sitting around and doing nothing”