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Shane Hamilton on Leverage

In each issue of our journal, we ask a handful of people we admire to reflect on our chosen theme. This is Shane Hamilton on Leverage:

I think most people set out to do their best at whatever field they choose. They build knowledge over time and then leverage their skills further.

In many ways this is how my own career has evolved over my 37 years of working life. I started out as an Apprentice Fitter and Turner, I’m now the CEO of an Indigenous Facilities Management company and in between I have worked in Corrections and Housing. In each change, I have leveraged my skills and experience and utilised them in the area I found myself in.

Selfie: Shane Hamilton

As a proud Wakka Wakka/Bunjalung man, I know that leverage is what has enabled me to survive and thrive in an ever-changing world. We as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people know this only too well; we have been doing it for thousands of years.

I think what we are seeking now as First Nations peoples is the coming together of black and white to leverage our combined knowledges. To celebrate our uniqueness in the world as the oldest living culture on earth. First Nations people have held out our hands since 1788 and now it’s time to grab hold.

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