Sixteen aspiring Aboriginal leaders are wanted from across the Territory to join the 2018 First Circles Leadership Program.

Chief Minister and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Michael Gunner said that First Circles plays an important role in identifying, mentoring and supporting emerging Territory leaders.

“Territorians deserve a Government that always puts them first and listens and consults before taking decisive action,” Mr Gunner said.

“We promised to give communities more say over their lives by restoring local decision making in housing, health and education – the First Circles Leadership Program helps deliver on that.

“We need Aboriginal leadership if we are going to succeed. With the skills members learn from the program they can influence government policies and tackle important issues impacting on their communities.”

Mr Gunner said his Government is tackling some big issues including a Treaty, local decision making and economic development of land and sea.

First Circles’ members meet with Cabinet to discuss opportunities for government to work with remote communities on a range of projects.

The program also allows members to tap into existing NT Government grant funding to benefit their community and leadership aspirations.

First Circles’ members have represented their community on a national platform, including Galiwin’ku’s Bettina Danganbarr, recognised as the 2018 Local Hero of the NT Australian of the Year awards.

Another First Circles graduate is Selena Uibo MLA, member for Arnhem.

“First Circles is a deadly program for emerging leaders to share the story of their people and their country, to learn the stories of others, and to work directly with Government at the highest lever to create change in their community,” Ms Uibo said.

Nominations are now open and close on Friday, April 20.

For more information on the First Circles Leadership Program, visit ntg.gov.au/oaa.

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