Government Champions visit to Hope Vale Farm 2024

Government Champions visit June 2024

On Wednesday 19 June, a delegation of Queensland Government Champions and guests were welcomed to the Hope Vale Farm by the Hope Vale Foundation.
The Government Champion Program provides an opportunity for Chief Executives of Queensland Government agencies to work together with identified communities towards improving life outcomes for Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples, in a collaborative partnership.
The visitors, who had visited the farm a year ago, were extremely impressed on how much work had gone into creating a promising future for the farm, and acknowledged the huge amount of work that had been undertaken in the background to reach its current status.
The delegates were welcomed by Hope Vale Foundation’s General Manager Rachelle McIvor, Chairperson Katherine Steffensen, Project Manager—Foundation Farm Project Shaun Nancarrow, and Hope Vale Foundation Directors Bruce Woibo and Kaylene Bowen.
Government Champion delegates included Mr Mike Kaiser—Director General of Queensland Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Mr Graeme Bolton—Director General of Agriculture and Fisheries and Assistant Government Champion, Shane King MP—Assistant Minister for Clean Energy Jobs and Assistant Ministerial Champion, Larin Bligh—Government and Ministerial Champion Support Officer, Kelly McMahan—Ministerial Advisor, Kerry-Lee Bird—Regional Manager—Cape, Department of Treaty, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Communities, and the Arts.
Guests included Mr Gerand Coggan—Queensland Coordinator General, and Steven Page—The Younity School.
Also in attendance were Tony Matchell from James Cook University, and the Hope Vale Foundation Works Crew.

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we walk. We pay our respects to Elders past and present as we walk this journey of healing together.

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