Coffs Harbour City Council Water Meter
Reader Dallas Gittins has been announced as the 2015 winner of the Local
Government Aboriginal Network Conference’s Council Outdoor Employee Merit
The Award follows this year’s recent
conference at Port Macquarie which brings together Aboriginal staff from across
the NSW local government sector.
“I was very surprised to win the
award, but I’m passionate about encouraging our people into work and careers. The
way I see it is if I can do it then there’s nothing stopping anyone else,” said
Dallas, who is a proud Gumbaynggirr woman.
“Since working at Council I have had
two mentors – Maria Devoti and Graeme Heterick. They are great work colleagues
who have, and continue to provide, support and guidance. More importantly
though, they are two people I can call my friends.”
Dallas has worked for Coffs Harbour
City Council since 2010 when she joined as a trainee Water Billing Officer
while studying for her Certificate IV in Business Services. At the completion
of her training in 2012, Dallas successfully won the role full-time through an
open recruitment process. More recently, she has enrolled in a course in
Certificate IV Human Resources to help grow her own career prospects and also
to help other members of the local Aboriginal community into work. In addition,
she is attending Gumbaynggirr language classes with Ngaawa Ngaluunggirr
Giirrwaa (Language Healing Mob) to help nurture and revitalise the language.
Dallas is no stranger to winning
State awards – in 2011 she was the recipient of Novaskill’s Group Training
Australia (GTA) NSW Business Services Trainee of the Year award.
She cites her own mother as her best
role model in life. At one point, her Mum returned to school alongside Dallas
to encourage her to complete her HSC.
“I am delighted to congratulate
Dallas on winning this prestigious accolade,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor,
Councillor Denise Knight, who presented the award to Dallas on behalf of the
Conference. “She is a great example of someone who sets herself goals and
continues to achieve them very successfully. I hope this award may inspire many
others in the Aboriginal community to follow Dallas’s path.”