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Australia Council appointment

The Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator Rod Kemp, today announced the appointment of Mr Chris Sarra as Chair of the Australia Council's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board (ATSIAB), and as a member of the Council itself.

'I am very pleased Mr Sarra has agreed to undertake this role', Seantor Kemp said.

'Mr Sarra's extensive career in education, and his particular focus on pursuing more positive and productive educational outcomes for indigenous children, will be of significant benefit to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board.

'Mr Sarra has devoted his career to improving conditions for indigenous students and helping educators to understand the difficulties facing indigenous people in education and employment.'

He is currently the Principal of Cherbourg State School, which is an Aboriginal community school approximately 300 km north west of Brisbane, where he has created a model for all indigenous community schools to combat various problems, such as low results in literacy and numeracy.

He is also completing a PhD in Philosophy, using Cherbourg as a case study to explore successful methods in indigenous education.

Mr Sarra's inspirational achievements and leadership were recognised when he was announced as 2004 Queenslander of the Year and as an Australian of the Year 2005 finalist.

'Mr Sarra has made an outstanding contribution and has emerged as one of Queensland's and Australia's indigenous leaders,' Senator Kemp said.

The Australia Council is the Australian Government's principal arts funding and advisory body. It encourages the creativity and development of Australian artists and aims to increase access by all Australians to arts and cultural activities.