Nakari Thorpe.
Nakari Thorpe. Contributed.

NAIDOC networking event

TWO inspirational guest speakers have been arranged for a Rockhampton networking evening scheduled for Thursday, July 6, during NAIDOC Week.

CQUniversity's Community Aspirations Program in Education (CAP-ED) is inviting all interested Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members aged over 17 to attend the free function from 6pm to 9pm at the Dreamtime Cultural Centre (703-751 Yaamba Road, Parkhurst).

RSVPs are invited via 4923 2018 or cap-ed@cqu.edu.au and details are available from Nicole Vea Vea via 4923 2483.

The visiting speaker is Nakari Thorpe, a proud Gunai and Gureng Gureng woman currently employed as an Indigenous journalist with the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) and National Indigenous Television (NITV).

In 2014, Nakari graduated with a Bachelor of Media (Communications and Journalism) from the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

She has a strong passion which involves Indigenous affairs, reporting on Indigenous stories and giving a voice to those rarely heard through mainstream media, human rights, animal welfare and being immersed in different cultures.

The local guest speaker is Indigenous CQUni Connect Officer Malcolm Mann, a proud Darumbal Traditional Owner and CQUni Environmental Science graduate who has also worked at the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

CAP-ED project officer Tasha Lamey says "the guest speakers will share their stories and successes and highlight the importance of Indigenous participation in tertiary education".

The CAP-ED program is a CQUniversity initiative funded through the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training, Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP).



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