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ISS Joins Bond University in the Torres Strait Islands

ISS Facility Services has once again been part of Bond University’s award-winning ‘Yarning Up’ Indigenous experience in Far North Queensland.
Executive General Manager - Resources and Education, Phillip Thomson, joined a small group of corporate executives and education leaders for the Gold Coast-based, private University’s annual cultural immersion, which was held this year in the Torres Strait Islands.

A previous winner of the Queensland Premier’s Reconciliation Award, Yarning Up is designed to give the participants first-hand experience of life in a remote Indigenous community. In 2018, Phillip joined the Yarning Up group for five days in the Lockhart River Aboriginal community on Cape York Peninsula and this year he returned for the Yarning Up 2019 visit to Murray Island (Mer), Friday Island (Gealug) and Thursday Island (Waiben) in the Torres Strait.

“I wanted to come back for what is really ‘part two’ of Yarning Up because I got so much out of my experience in Lockhart River last year,”
he said.

“The change for me personally was quite profound. I went from thinking there wasn’t really much I could do to help Aboriginal people living in remote communities, to realising that I can make a difference.”

On Murray Island, each member of the Bond University group was adopted by a local child and taken home to meet their families. Phillip was partnered with seven-year-old twin boys and spent the afternoon with their father, Aaron, who is one of the up-and-coming leaders on Murray Island.

“Yarning Up is such a unique and impactful experience because it offers this direct access to families and leaders in remote Indigenous communities without any filter or bias,” said Phillip.

A representative from ISS Facility Services has participated in every Yarning Up trip since Bond University first visited the Torres Strait Islands in 2015. As a result of their connections, ISS has mentored a start-up business in Lockhart River and sponsors the Indigenous scholarship program at Bond, as well as supporting the University’s annual Indigenous Gala.

Yarning Up co-host and Bond University Indigenous Engagement Advisor, Narelle Urquhart explained how transformative the Yarning Up experience can be for its partners.

“Our partnership with ISS exemplifies how Bond University works with our sponsors to help them engage with Indigenous communities and make one-on-one connections, so that we can help those community leaders bring about genuine and meaningful change,”
she said.

“It is also an opportunity to learn more about the culture and heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders which is something that all Australians can share and be enriched by.”

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