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Another win for Townsville.

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ANOTHER WIN FOR TOWNSVILLE Thursday, 2 November 2006

Townsville’s Qantas Airport Manager David Mayo has been named Australia’s outstanding indigenous corporate leader at the inaugural 2006 Jobs Career Future awards in Canberra. Speaking at the award ceremony, Member for Herbert Peter Lindsay said David Mayo is the first Indigenous employee to become a Qantas airport manager. “He was originally employed as a customer service trainee in Darwin through the company’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Scheme. “David now holds the highly responsible position of Qantas manager at Townsville Airport. In addition to ensuring that airport safety, service, regulatory and financial targets are met, he manages 60 staff.” David Mayo attributes his success to a positive attitude and hard work ethic. “I have tried to always give a little more than was expected. I recognise that I was given a unique opportunity with the traineeship, one that I shouldn’t waste,” Mr Mayo said. Throughout his career, David has made a significant contribution to the company’s operations. From training local staff in overseas airports to his involvement in a restructure of Darwin Airport that delivered significant savings to the company, David has shown an impressive level of dedication and ability. In 2002, David was part of a small team of Qantas staff who were flown to Bali to help with the evacuation of Australians after the bombings. For his outstanding contribution he was nominated for an Order of Australia medal. The inaugural 2006 Jobs Career Future awards were presented by the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Kevin Andrews. The awards showcase excellence in the delivery of employment services to Indigenous Australians by the Community Development Employment Projects programme, Indigenous Employment Centres, employees and organisations participating in the Corporate Leaders for Indigenous Employment Project and Providers of Australian Government Services. Twelve individuals and organisations were recognised at this event. At a presentation dinner at the Great Hall attended by many Members of Parliament and Senators, representatives of the Indigenous community and leaders of corporate Australia, Mr Andrews said the inaugural awards represented a new chapter in the recognition of achievement in Indigenous employment development. “Tonight’s awards are not just a celebration of the achievements of the 12 winners, they also celebrate the achievements and hard work of all those people and organisations throughout Australia who are working to give Indigenous Australians the same opportunities as all other Australians. “They are also about a partnership between government, business and Indigenous community in which the Australian Government is bringing together the various parts of our collective work to improve employment under the umbrella of Jobs Careers Future,” he said. “You should all be as proud as I am of the results you have achieved,” he said. Nominations were judged by Mr Joseph Elu, Chairman of Indigenous Business Australia and Ms Shirley McPherson, Chairperson of the Indigenous Land Corporation. Mr Andrews said the awards are extremely

timely, and come after performance figures showing twice as many Indigenous people had moved into mainstream employment compared to the same period last year. “The Australian Government’s Indigenous Economic Development Strategy with its focus on improving employment outcomes for Indigenous job seekers is bringing real benefits. “Together, we’ve made remarkable progress in helping Indigenous Australians find work,” he said.