Wayne has been at ACRC since June 2015. Wayne grew up in the MT Druitt area, however Wayne is a proud Ngempa man and still has a strong connection to his and his mother’s Ngurra/Country.
Wayne is passionate about positive outcomes for Aboriginal families and strives for greater equality for all Aboriginal people and all other people who have been living who are living in low socio economical times for many generations. Wayne is a firm believer that you must surround yourself with strong people to achieve positives outcomes. As the saying goes it takes a community to raise a child, as it takes a strong community to build a positive community.
He wishes to build greater opportunities for the community that he works in and he does this through continuous consultation with the traditional owners of the Blue Mountains region, both the Darug and Gundungurra people.
Wayne has a bachelor of community and social development, a cert IV in Alcohol and other drugs, Mediation and (TAE) training and assessment, as well life experience and other short courses. Wayne currently sits on all Aboriginal NAIDOC committees in the upper Blue Mountains as well as being a member of the Aboriginal health coalition and a member of the BMCC Aboriginal Advisory council.
He continues to build upon his life experience and his professional knowledge so that his lived experience and professional knowledge can be passed down as wisdom when advocating for the rights of ATSI people. Wayne works hard to ensure that ACRC continues to strive forward and while continuing access to professional development and cultural knowledge so that he and his staff can continue to provide much needed culturally appropriate community programs.
Mick has come into ACRC on a part-time basis to assist with NDIS development and with grants applications. Mick has a background in public administration and has worked in local and state government roles – in 2012/13 he went for a ‘desert change’ as the Community Development Manager for the remote Shire of Wiluna WA and in this role he was the executive manager responsible for (amongst other portfolios) the Tjukurba Aboriginal Art Gallery. Mick has post graduate qualifications in Public Administration and Management, has several awards including the Australian Fire Service Medal and a Churchill Fellowship.
I primarily take care of all the back office administration, finances and I also arrange all the transport. I have studied accounting and finance at UNSW and previously worked at Blue Mountains City Council. I am always here to take your call, please make your bookings at least the day before. Alternatively, I may respond to your email, or send you the Black-Mail. Just know I am typically always around, unless I’m hiding in my cave, because there are plenty of people and you are all too loud.
I love reading, dabble in writing and have a particular fondness for frogs. Those who have seen my desk can attest, if they can see my poor frogs at all, when they get buried under the weight of bureaucratic mess.
JADE FRANCES PYLE
Aboriginal Elders Support Service Co-ordinator
Jade’s role includes social support to the Elders in the community, facilitating community wellbeing programs, gatherings and outings to connect with community and culture and health resources.
Jade has a strong background in Bush regeneration and Horticulture, working as a gardener landscaper, Nursery Manager for 20 years. She changed careers 8 years ago when she moved up the mountains and studied her Diploma in Community Welfare. Jade is now studying her Bachelor of Social Work via Long Distance Education Charles Sturt University. Jade has worked with various Community organisations within the Mountains, working with families and outreach programs.
Family Support Worker
Born in Oberon NSW her father Walter Aldridge was a descendant of the Yuin Nation and her Mother Margaret Hoskins is Still tracing back where she is from, Raylee was exposed to Indigenous affairs from an early age for been fostered and growing up in Campbelltown and Mt Druitt area. She is a strong and proud Aboriginal woman, and highly values learning about Aboriginal culture and her place in the local Aboriginal Community.
She has been with ACRC for three years now and has come from a background of 16 years in Welfare Community Services, Playgroup, Disability Support worker and Family Support Worker and continues to grow into her position at ACRC as Family Support Worker.
Raylee’s role of the family support worker is to help families in need of support with children between the ages of 0-8. The day to day duties of our family.
Raylee is happily married to Geoff and the proud mother of Chloe, Emily and Renee continues to support her community whenever possible.