Taunoa takes front cover
Friday, 10th April, 2015
Broken Hill’s Taunoa Bugmy appears on the cover of this year’s Broken Hill Yellow Pages and White Pages.
Taunoa was chosen to demonstrate the theme, “Australian Stars Rising Above”, which celebrates up and coming people who are achieving beyond their years and making positive changes.
Learning of the high incarceration rates of local youth, Taunoa was determined to make a change. As a transitional worker at the Community Restorative Centre, she helps people move from jail back into the community.
Taunoa is also a key player in the Murdi Paaki Aboriginal Young Leaders Program. Last year she was selected to join the National Indigenous Youth Parliament in Canberra, which aims to close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage in electoral participation.
Her concerns were with the educational opportunities available to Aboriginal youth and suggested Indigenous culture be included in the curriculum.
“The long term effect that I want to achieve is for young people to realise alternative pathways they can take in life and to understand that Indigenous people are very smart, cultural people who can contribute to today’s society,” Taunoa said.
“I really can’t expect that this photo will raise awareness but I do hope so.
“If people do read my story and especially the part about my aspirations, then I hope to have conversations with community people who have different perspectives or initiatives.
“Myself and many other Aboriginal leaders are trying to give our people more options and opportunities to strengthen our community.”
Each year Sensis, the publisher of the phone book, has recognised the efforts of local people in their communities by celebrating their achievements on the cover of its books.