Today we are introducing you to the Toomelah Local Aboriginal Land Council (TLALC).
TLALC represents the interests and aspirations of the Gomeroi people who call Toomelah and Boggabilla home. Located in Northern NSW on the QLD border, Toomelah was established as a mission reserve in 1938. TLALC took ownership of the reserve in 1984.
Bridget from Many Rivers’ Community Economic Development (CED) Program started working with TLALC in 2017. Today the community is supported by Brett, Many Rivers’ Community Economic Development Manager who based in Toowoomba, QLD. Brett brings a passion for community empowerment and economic development as well as extensive corporate experience and knowledge to his role.
With Many Rivers support, TLALC has been working to strengthen their board and create a sustainable economy within their community. The occurrence of COVID-19 highlighted the importance of Toomelah becoming self reliant.
“To have a better quality of life, you need to sustain a sustainable income. Welfare dependency doesn’t cut it. Our main focus is Inland Rail because that’s the biggest project for Australia and it’s right in our back door.” – Rex, CEO of Toomelah Local Aboriginal Land Council
Many Rivers would like to acknowledge the Kamilaroi and Gomeroi Nations for allowing us to film on their Country. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and their continuing connection to their land.
We thank the Toomelah Local Aboriginal Land Council Board and Community for sharing their journey.
Many Rivers’ Community Economic Development Program
Many Rivers’ Community Economic Development Managers (CEDMs) work alongside the Board and management of community organisations who represent the interests of their communities. CEDMs spend time in communities regularly to be available and familiar with the local context and requirements. Many Rivers’ focus is on the journey communities take to achieve their economic aspirations. Providing guidance and assistance to community organisation leaders to establish the strong foundations that will sustain their economic activity is an important part of this journey.
Many Rivers CED works with regional and remote Indigenous Organisations across Australia for their business and employment goals. We support the future you see for your land and your community, and it is your choice to work with us. Contact us to discuss if we are right for your community.