CHAC. New chairperson

Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation has reflected on the past year at its annual general meeting, and now looks to the future.

About 2000 community members identify as Aboriginal, with the local organisation playing an important role in the community with the aim to enrich the lives of community members.

CHAC welcomes Sam Cleland to the role of chair.

New to the organisation, Mr Cleland says his priorities are the protection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island history and knowledge, and the promotion of services CHAC provides.

“If I can make some kind of contribution in the preservation of that then it would be time well spent,” he says.

Mr Cleland has called Circular Head home for the past decade and is the officer in charge at Cape Grim Base Line Air Pollution Station at Woolnorth.

“I am acutely aware of the knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history in this country and the continuation of [that] knowledge [in] Australia, and particularly in Tasmania, is fragile,” he says.

“I work in an area that is obviously rich in Aboriginal history. I feel I might have scratched some of the surface of that knowledge but it would be great for those stories and others to be better known.”

Mr Cleland says his vision for the organisation is to bring these stories to the forefront.

“Currently it’s a process of getting to learn more about what CHAC does and identifying where some advances could be made.

“I look forward to working with the board and the knowledge that is already there to continue to advance CHAC and through CHAC, the Circular Head community.”

From humble beginnings in 1994, CHAC now provides 15 funded services through 34 staff members plus volunteers.

The many programs and services are free to access and range from children’s activities to health and wellbeing support and learner driver mentoring.

To find out more about the programs on offer at CHAC, phone 6452 1287.

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