On January 18th the Prime Minister Julia Gillard congratulated 40 Australians who have been recognised for their outstanding work in building strong and cohesive local communities. Among those celebrated was Sascha McKell a Councillor and staff member in Yuendumu.
Ms McKell was selected after a nomination process where Australians were encouraged to nominate inspirational people who have helped to build bridges, promote inclusion and strengthen ties in their communities. "I am really honoured to be selected as a People of Australia Ambassador. I look forward to being a strong voice and representative for Yuendumu and other remote central Australian communities." says Ms McKell.
Raised since birth at Yuendumu Community, 300km North West of Alice Springs, Ms McKell has returned with her two sons to live at Yuendumu. Ms McKell has spent most of her adult life working with Warlpiri people and is currently a Central Desert Shire Councillor, representing the Southern Tanami Ward. Ms McKell is passionate about and committed to helping the communities maintain a strong voice in cultural matters in order for them to remain strong amid the constant social changes they are experiencing.
Along with the other ambassadors, Ms McKell will be providing advice to government and the Australian Multicultural Council if they wish. Her contribution assists and strengthening the government's multicultural policy.