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The community of Yirrkala is working together to create a stronger future, with the help of Indigenous engagement officer (IEO) Djapirri Mununggirritj.
The IEO plays a key role in the success of the Stronger futures in the Northern Territory initiative, providing a medium for residents to voice their feedback on issues affecting the community, thereby improving engagement between communities and governments.
Yirrkala woman, Djapirri Mununggirritj, has been an IEO for her community since January 2013. 'Through the program I can see there is a partnership between my community and the Australian Government, working together to build a stronger future for Yirrkala,' Djapirri said. 'I see the role of the IEO as very important. It involves passing on a lot of knowledge - knowledge of the Government's way of looking at things and knowledge of the way the community will engage with Government initiatives. Then putting the two together to create a stronger future for my community.'
Yirrkala Government engagement coordinator, Maryclaire Milikins, said the role of the IEO is paramount to the success of Stronger futures in community. 'The IEO enables the success of programs under Stronger Futures by facilitating community consultation and being the conduit for relaying community information and feedback to Government on policy and program development.'