Bob is a proud Kamilaroi man. He has ancestral ties to St George, Miles, Roma, Dalby and Toowoomba and maintains a strong connection with his family.
Bob was raised on Mununjali Country immersed in Mununjali cultural practices and belief systems. He is strongly connected to the Community. He also has connection to the Community through his Grandmother’s family on the Jackson line.
Bob is passionate about being an agent in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to be strong in their identities and cultural heritage.
He is steadfast in working inter-culturally and ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural protocols, ways of working and views are included in both his work but also the work he does across the State.
To this end he is incredibly driven in his role to support schools with developing culturally safe environments and their ability to work respectfully following cultural protocols and valuing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of being, knowing and doing.
Bob’s person-centred approach to his role draws on his bicultural and bilingual skills as well as his professional background as a Principal Project Officer as well as his experience in youth work, child safety and youth justice, community service and youth engagement. Working with complex issues such as suicide idealisations, self-harm, drugs, alcohol and disabilities has had a profound effect on his holistic way of working.
The Department of Education has benefited from Bob’s creativity, ability to think outside the box and passion for the arts. Bob facilitates youth cultural engagement partnerships for the Department with companies such as Bangarra Dance Theatre and Queensland Ballet.
Bob has co- ordinated the Bangarra Rekindling Youth Program for over six years now within South East Region and most recently played a role in the opening and closing ceremony for the GC Commonwealth Games as the Indigenous Coordinator.