Grace Gordon is a Ngemba Elder who has lived and worked in Brewarrina for most of her life. She has four children, ten grandchildren and one great grandchild. Grace has obtained a Bachelor of Social Welfare from the University of Western Sydney and a certificate 4 in Business Governance from TAFE NSW. Besides being a mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Grace has also been CEO of the Brewarrina Aboriginal Health Service, manager of Ourgunya Womens Safehouse, coordinator of Awabakal Aboriginal Medical Centre in Newcastle and community engagement officer for Family Violence Education Aboriginal Corporation Dubbo. Aboriginal community consultant for TAFE and is now Aboriginal engagement coordinator for TAFENSW
Brewarrina Community Priorities and Priority Actions
- Develop and implement a strategy which enhances the Cultural and Spiritual environment in which we live;
- Actively work to increase employment opportunities for the people of Brewarrina, including building capacity, growing Aboriginal enterprises, and using our assets;
- Increase awareness of factors impacting on health through emphasis on health education and promotion;
- Improve school attendance and educational attainment, including raising levels of literacy and numeracy and achieving greater levels of completion of HSC or equivalent TAFE courses;
- Reduce the shortfall in affordable housing; and
- Lift the level of assistance provided to the community to foster family wellbeing, including providing effective and accessible services for women and children at risk.