WA Energy Minister Ben Wyatt has expressed heartfelt congratulations to four men from some of the most remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia, who are the first graduates to complete a unique new national apprenticeship to improve outcomes in remote communities.
Keith Hunter, of Bidyadanga; Clinton (Minty) Sahanna, who covers the Dampier Peninsula communities of Beagle Bay, Lombadina/Djarindjin and Ardyaloon; Robert Hassett, of Kalumburu; and Brendan Walters, of Yungngora, are Australia’s first Remote Community Utilities Workers after completing an apprenticeship created by Horizon Power.
The employees, who live and work in their communities, maintain electrical networks in these towns and power stations in Kalumburu and Yungngora, and have just received their trade qualification after years of study and on-the-job training.
Before the apprenticeship program began, it could take a day for crews based in Kununurra just to get to towns such as Kalumburu if there was a power outage and even longer during the wet season.
The WA State Government supports all efforts to create training positions and employment in Aboriginal communities, and is encouraging procurement policies which support Aboriginal-owned businesses and create jobs.
Source: WA Government