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    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Peak Indigenous education consultative committee named

    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Thursday, June 03, 2010

    Peak Indigenous education consultative committee named

    Education and Training Minister Geoff Wilson has announced the names of the peak committee formed to tackle Indigenous education issues in Queensland.

    Mr Wilson said 10 prominent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people had been appointed to the second term of the Queensland Indigenous Education Consultative Committee (QIECC).

    “This committee provides independent, culturally competent and expert strategic advice on Indigenous education issues to me and the Federal Education Minister,” he said.

    “The members will bring extensive experience and expertise in Indigenous education and community and cultural knowledge. A priority will be their advice and feedback on the work to be done to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous student outcomes.”

    Mr Wilson said the committee will meet four times a year, with its first meeting on 27 April, followed by a community forum in Logan on 28 April. The appointed QIECC members are:

    • Margaret Anderson-Pitt, B Home Ec/Design and Technology, Master of Education (in progress). Ms Anderson-Pitt has been a home economics teacher for 16 years, is a member of the Wuchopperen Medical Centre Business Advisory Committee in Cairns


    • Jeffrey Aniba, Chairperson of the Northern Peninsula Area Ngurpai Ikama Ikya Education, Training and Employment Council. He has a range of trade and higher vocational education and training qualifications, and has been employed in a variety of unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled occupations, primarily with local organisations.


    • Desmond Beezley, BA (Adult Education and Community Management); Master of Education (Indigenous Studies) in progress; Mr Beezley is a training consultant who owns Keami Consultancy. He is also a part time learning advisor for Indigenous undergraduate students at Central Queensland University.


    • Selwyn Button, Bachelor of Teaching; Cert IV Workplace Assessment and Training. Mr Button holds a senior position in Queensland Health, and is General Manager, Sector Development, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council.


    • Albert Holt. Uncle Albert Holt’s commitments include: Chair of Searchlight Education board; Advisory member of Brisbane South Education Regional Working Group; Advisory board member of the Brisbane School of Distance Education; Adopted Elder in various schools; Murri elder for the Brisbane Murri Magistrates Court and Elder for the Murri Children’s Court.


    • Margaret Malezer, Bachelor of Education; Bachelor of Teaching. Ms Malezer is actively involved in education issues as a member of the Cairns and Regional Indigenous Education Network and is the Cairns branch representative on the Far North Queensland Area Council of the Queensland Teacher Union


    • Letitia Murgha. Diploma of Teaching; (in progress) Diploma of Teaching (Montessori Education) Ms Murgha is actively involved in education and broader community organisations. Memberships include: Gandu Jarjum (QTU); Cape York Health Council, Association Montessori Internationale and Queensland Studies Authority: Indigenous Advisory Committee.


    • Robyn Parkes-Sandri. PhD (anticipated completion June 2010); M. Fine Arts; M. Education; B. Education; Dip. Teaching. Ms Parkes-Sandri’s is employed at the University of the Sunshine Coast as a Director/Lecturer Early Years Program and is a member of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Council.


    • Harry Van Issum PhD Qualifying program (currently enrolled); Cert. IV Workplace Training and Assessment; Grad. Cert. Higher Education; M. Educational Studies; B. Education Studies; Dip. Teaching. Mr Van Issum is an education lecturer at Griffith University, and is a director of Indigenous Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd.

    Georgina Archer was reappointed Chair of the QIECC late last year.

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    Media contact: Marcus Taylor or Rick Morton on 3237 1000

    June 3 2010