Forum ambassador connecting local Aboriginal businesses

Technology expert and businessperson Jeremy Boucher is delighted to have been chosen as an ambassador for this year’s Abo­riginal Economic Develop­ment Forum.

“I am honoured,” he says.

“Working with and sharing my knowledge with others is a great way to meet people and also I get to learn something along the way.

“I’ve lived in Darwin all my life and I have made it a personal goal of mine to help make our community a better place even if it’s only in a small way.”

Mr Boucher and Jesse Leal own Darwin-based New Future IT, which is striving to 'give back' to the community by training young Aboriginal technicians.

The firm has an IT service management contract with the not-for-profit Thamarrurr Development Corporation, which covers Wadeye, 400 kilometres south-west of Darwin by road.

Wadeye has a population of about 2,300, which makes it the sixth largest town in the Territory.

Thamarrurr is the township’s biggest employer with more than 100 staff.

New Future IT manages the corporation’s computer network remotely but also wants trained staff on the ground.

The Northern Territory Government is hosting the 9th Aboriginal Economic Development Forum in Darwin from 7 to 8 November.

The forum is one of the largest Aboriginal economic development specific events held in Australia, providing an opportunity for knowledge sharing, to raise awareness of programs and services available to support Aboriginal businesses and connect and strengthen relationships between Aboriginal businesses, private sector, industry, government and non-government organisations.

About 400 delegates attended the last forum with over 50% identifying as Aboriginal.

Registrations for the forum are now open. Learn more about the Aboriginal Economic Development Forum.

Jeremy Boucher

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