”Let’s get together … Indigenous and Non Indigenous Australians share this nation. When we come together we can benefit from the many gifts and talents people from all cultural backgrounds have. Coming together in respect and friendship will lay the foundation for all Australians to find health and happiness. When we come together for the good of all people, we can reach our potential as a ‘whole’ nation.”
Working with Aboriginal people who held key positions in Aboriginal communities and in the Australian workforce, Aussie Gateways personnel have researched and developed a variety of resources and programs designed to improve the health status of Aboriginal people, encourage greater Aboriginal representation in Local Government and facilitate increased education and training opportunities for Aboriginal people.
A tribute to Indigenous Community STARS ...
The Indigenous Community Stars ... from left to right Dianne Roberts (Education), Grace Close Kelly (Health), Pat Dixon (Local Government) and Frank Roberts (Sport - Boxing)
Indigenous School Principal, Dianne Roberts, who was the founder of Minimbah Aboriginal School Armidale, has worked as a guide and mentor to Indigenous youth for over 37 years. Dianne has been a consultant and team member of Aussie Gateways since 1997.
Dianne’s programs and those of her two sisters, the late Grace Close (State Co Ordinator of Aboriginal Health Promotions NSW Dept Health 1990's) and the late Pat Dixon (former Depty Mayor of Armidale City Council and member of the Australian Local Government Association) have underpinned most of the projects undertaken by Aussie Gateways for Indigenous communities since the 1990s. While working in the abovementioned roles, both Pat Dixon and Grace Close played a major role as team members within the Aussie Gateways company.
Aussie Gateway’s role has been to work with Aboriginal people and develop programs that empower communities to become successful, self-directing and autonomous.
In fond memory of Frank Roberts (Look, Listen & Learn) (Passed away in February 2011)
Australian Representative in Boxing Tokyo Olympics 1964
Former Sport Facilitator at Minimbah School Armidale :
Known as 'Honest' Frank Roberts by the UNE boxing club, Frank started boxing at the age of 19 years. He started in the Light Welter Weight Division in 1963.
Frank went up a weight in 1964 and won the NSW title, he went on to win Australian title which saw him chosen for the Olympic Squad to go to Tokyo.
Frank's Advice to the next up and coming sport stars of the future :
Have respect of your elders and people around you. Learn from and work with others around you. Train and work hard towards your goals. Never give up and always
do your best.
Proud Moments in his life :
Representing Australia at the Olympic Game in Tokyo 1964.
Carrying the Olympic Torch in Armidale.