Community Development Project Officer
The Spinifex people, including those residents at Tjuntjuntjara Community, are represented by the Pila Nguru Aboriginal Corporation, the Native Title Representative Body in the Spinifex Native Title area. Within this area, Paupiyala Tjarutja Aboriginal Corporation (PTAC) is an Aboriginal corporation with responsibility for managing the essential and community services in the community. This includes, but is not limited to the Community Store, Community Resource Centre, a Women’s Centre, Sport and Recreation program, an Environmental Health program, municipal services (airstrip, tip, road maintenance, water, power, sewerage), mechanics workshop, the Community Development program and Spinifex Health Service’s (including Youth and Home and Community Care programs).
Tjuntjuntjara is the main population Centre for the Spinifex Lands, over 55,000 sq. kms of Native Title area in the Great Victoria Desert region of Western Australia. PTAC operates a primary health care service that includes youth, aged care and home and community care services trading as Spinifex Health Service. An Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (ACCHO) which also operates an office and accommodation facility in Kalgoorlie and delivers onsite 24/7 clinical services as well as a comprehensive range specialist clinical and allied health programs on a fly in fly out basis.
The primary purpose of this position is to manage community development projects under the Community Development Program (CDP) and to facilitate Environmental Health programs and activities within the community. This includes supervising and developing projects with indigenous workers and clients to address community development and environmental health needs.
This position is responsible for working with the CDP Case Officer to ensure the administration, participant training and work activities of the programs are delivered and to promote gainful employment and business development opportunities. This position is responsible for supervising participants and staff working under the Environmental Health program and CDP. The position is required to assist the Board and staff to manage and supervise community development and environmental health projects and training for aboriginal people living in Tjuntjuntjara. This includes working alongside and supervising indigenous men and women in practical skills such as fencing, building repairs and maintenance, basic plumbing, essential services, vehicle repairs (tyre changing etc.). This position would suit someone with sound practical skills and a sound understanding of the appropriate use of a wide range of tools, plant and equipment.