Staff Profile

Amie McElroy

Amie McElroy, a Wiradjuri woman was born in Liverpool Hospital in 1961 and grew up in Fairfield West, a suburb of Sydney.  She spent her late teens as an Aboriginal activist in Redfern NSW.

Amie moved to Kempsey with her partner of sixteen years, a Dunghutti/Thungutti man.

Since 2005 Amie has been employed as Booroongen Djugun College Natural Resources Unit Coordinator and Aboriginal Extension Project Officer.

Amie’s role is to engage Aboriginal communities and Individual Land stakeholders of the Southern Area of the Northern Rivers Catchment in Natural Resource Management and assist with the planning and implementation of projects on “Country” including on ground cultural and heritage projects.

Amie serves as a point of contact for the dissemination of information on NRCMA and other Government and non government programs and activities, and notifies Aboriginal groups of changes to legislation that affects the way we look after and manage “Country”.

Amie has 10 years industry experience in NRM, (Advanced Diploma of Applied Aboriginal Studies, Diploma of Management, Cert IV in Training and Assessment, Cert IV in Frontline Management, Cert III in CALM and a qualified Australian Lifesaving Academy Trainer.

Amie is an original member of the Aboriginal Natural Resource Agreement Project Team.

Amie has Represented Booroongen Djugun Limited as a member of the steering committees for the Environmental Trust’s Protecting our Places and Dissemination Programs review and the 2009 NSW Catchment Management and Landcare Forum.

Amie is currently a Technical Reference Group member of the NRCMA Catchment Action Plan (CAP2). Members act as a conduit between organisations and communities with opportunities to document and promote feedback with a vision for the new CAP.

Amie’s other roles include Quality Assurance Officer and First Aid Trainer. “Booroongen Djugun College is a great place to work. I have the support of a highly skilled team. The colleges onsite and outreach training gives the community access to appropriate capacity building, education and Natural Resource Management training.”

“Caring for Country or natural resource management (NRM) was, and is today, a major part of Aboriginal people’s life.” “Everyone is responsible for looking after their environment, not only to maintain our existence, but that of our future generations. Our Aboriginality gives us no choice but to stay involved.”