Talented mentor first winner of Indigenous pastoral leadership award

31 Mar 2017

Stewart, 22, was presented with the award by Northern Territory Primary Industry Minister Ken Vowles at the NT Cattlemen’s Association annual conference in Darwin.

He took part in the Pastoral Real Jobs Program, a program of the ILC and its subsidiary National Indigenous Pastoral Enterprises, the NTCA and the Central Land Council.

Stewart worked at Manbulloo Station near Katherine and Auvergne near Timber Creek before becoming leading hand at Morstone Downs near Camooweal.

Morstone Downs managers Ian and Kerrie Fletcher say Stewart is a “great role model for the younger generation”.

“He has been known to take on a few young fellas that follow him on his journey and without realising it mentors and supports them.

“He has become what the Real Jobs Program is intended for.”

Stewart recently gained a Certificate III in Agriculture and is now starting Certificate IV.

“He is constantly open to learning new skills and developing himself.”

NTCA chief executive Tracey Hayes said the NTCA is delighted that such a role model as Stewart is the first winner of this award.

The award is named after the late Alward Foster, who joined the NTCA’s Pastoral Real Jobs Program as an employee on Newry Station on the West Australian border. He later became a full-time NTCA staff member.
His job was to train, mentor and support young Indigenous people in the Real Jobs Program and Indonesian students from the NTCA Indonesian Australia Pastoral Program.

The award recognises a young Indigenous leader with the attributes of the Aboriginal stockmen and women who contributed so much to building the cattle industry in the Territory.