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Dorrie Day helps to bridge the gap

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The Dorrie Day First Nations Careers Event will be held for the fourth year to help to bridge the gap between education and employment in Bundaberg Region.

Job seekers of all backgrounds are encouraged to mark their calendar for the Dorrie Day First Nations Careers Event this August, with the event receiving funding support from Bundaberg Regional Council.

Through its Partnership and Sponsorship program Council has endorsed $8,473 for the upcoming Port Curtis Coral Coast Trust event, which will help to bridge the gap between education and employment.

Event organiser Jakarni Appo said the Dorrie Day First Nations Careers Event would be held for the fourth year and it was a significant milestone for the Port Curtis Coral Coast Trust.

“The event will provide a platform for our First Nations community to connect with local employers, explore career opportunities and gain valuable insights into the job market,” she said.

“It will feature a range of interactive displays, networking sessions, and educational activities, all designed to help attendees develop their skills and make informed decisions about their future careers.

“The event will also include a scavenger hunt for students, traditional music, and dance performances, as well as a showcase of Indigenous art and culture.”

Support through Council’s Partnership and Sponsorships

Jakarni said each year the event was a success and she thanked Council for the ongoing support.

“The Dorrie Day First Nations Careers Event is open to all community of all backgrounds, cultural identity, or profession from the local region and surrounding areas, providing an opportunity for everyone to connect with local employers, learn about career opportunities, and gain valuable insights into the job market. First Nations are strongly encouraged to attend,” she said.

“Dorrie Day is important because it provides unique opportunities for everyone and helps break down barriers and bridge the gap between education and employment, ultimately contributing to the economic empowerment and wellbeing of our First Nation community in the region.

“We are honoured to receive funding provided by Council as it will support us to deliver a high-quality and engaging event that showcases a range of career opportunities and services to our community.

“Additionally, the funding will support the development of career resources and information materials, as well as the recruitment and training of event volunteers, ensuring that the event is well-organised and effective in achieving its goals.”

Jakarni said the process of applying for a Council grant was a valuable opportunity.

“We would recommend other local organisations to take the opportunity to apply,” she said.

“The application process was thorough, but Council provided clear guidelines and support throughout the process.

“The grant application allowed us to articulate our goals and objectives and think critically about how we can make a meaningful impact in our community.”

Dorrie Day
Local students enjoyed visiting the market stalls during the 2023 Dorrie Day event.

Community Liveability, Sport and Recreation portfolio spokesperson Cr Carmen McEneany said it was fantastic to see programs bolstered by Council’s Partnership and Sponsorship Grant funding.

“This initiative underscores Council’s commitment to fostering community development and supporting projects that enhance the region’s social and economic landscape,” she said.

“These grants aim to build strong partnerships with local groups and also attract programs for families to the Bundaberg Region.”

Cr McEneany said during this financial year Council had been able to provide significant funding across grants including Community Grants, Micro Grants, Partnerships and Sponsorships Grants and Special Events Grants.

Dorrie Day First Nations Carnival of Careers held Thursday 29 August, to keep up to date check out the PCCC Trust website here.

To find out more about Council grants click here.

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