Former Queensland field leader for the Recognise campaign Benjamin Gertz has accepted a role with Reconciliation Queensland that will greatly enhance the Association’s capacity to support regional communities.
A descendant of the Gugu-Badhun and Ngadjon-ji Aboriginal people of North Queensland, and the Meriam people of the Torres Strait, Benjamin has experience working as a politcal staffer at both the State and Federal level.
Benjamin has been employed as RQI’s Community Engagement Project Manager and will provide assistance to Community Engagement Coordinator Stephen Mam in the planning and delivery of reconciliation related activities aimed at expanding regional reconciliation groups and networks.
Benjamin said he was looking forward to working with Steve to promote reconciliation initiatives across Regional Queensland.
“Whether you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, or even non-Indigenous, we all have a part to play in preserving and understanding the vast histories and cultures of our state, and hopefully we can facilitate discussions on topical issues, while engaging with various communities and all different types of people,” he said.
Benjamin’s appointment will help RQI address a delayed start to its own contract with the Queensland Government caused by the snap State election last year.
Benjamin (pictured below left) signed his employment contact while attending RQI’s Let’s Talk About Homelessness event at Arana Leagues on Australia Day / Survival Day, January 26, this year.
There to witness the occasion was (pictured below right) Turrbal Elder Uncle Joe Kirk and (pictured standing L-R) RQI Co-Chairs Maurice Serico and Peter Jackson.