Darren Carter is a Heavy Vehicle Mechanic Apprentice with Cleanaway’s Solid Waste Services team in Narangba, Queensland. With a background in the civil construction industry, Darren started as a Trades Assistant with Cleanaway in 2018, before transitioning to his current role.
When asked about the best part of his job with Cleanaway, Darren said, “What I love about my work is the hours. It has provided me with good family and work balance, as I get to spend time with my family while being able to provide for them. My experience working with my team in Narangba has been very positive and I consider coming to Cleanaway to be one of the best decisions I’ve made.”
For Darren, offering apprenticeship and training opportunities to employees of all ages and backgrounds is one of the ways that Cleanaway demostrate our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
“Cleanaway also recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the original custodians of Australia by including an Acknowledgement of Country before every team meeting,” Darren added.
This year, Darren will be celebrating NAIDOC Week with his team mates and family members. Acknowledging the meaning of NAIDOC, Darren said, “To me, NAIDOC Week is an important recognition of the Indigenous people of Australia. It embodies the spirit of unity and coming together and is a celebration for everyone.”
NAIDOC Week happens in July every year to celebrate the “history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples”. NAIDOC is celebrated in Indigenous communities, and by Australians from across the country. According to NAIDOC, the week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
This year’s NAIDOC theme is “Voice. Treaty. Truth.” – three key elements set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. These reforms represent the unified position of First Nations Australians and focusses on “working together for a shared future”.
For more information about NAIDOC Week visit www.naidoc.org.au or find the closest regional office for NAIDOC Week events in your area.
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