Honour for Wagirra team member

16 June 2016

AlburyCity trainee Harry Denniss was recently a finalist as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year in the NSW Regional State Training Awards for Excellence in Vocational Education and Training.

Fellow AlburyCity employee Pat Freyer, a Treatment Plant Operator, was also nominated in the Vocational Student of the Year category.

Harry last year completed his Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management and is now studying his Certificate IV. He was also successful in gaining a permanent position with AlburyCity’s Wagirra team.

As part of AlburyCity’s Wagirra Trail indigenous crew, Harry works on natural resource management projects.

The Wagirra Trail Project seeks to establish 2.6km of trail and a range of supporting infrastructure, including the Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk, and experiences between Horseshoe Lagoon – a key recreational fishing pondage adjacent to the Murray River – and Wonga Wetlands.

Harry said he felt honoured to be recognised at the awards.

“It was great to do a traineeship with AlburyCity because there was lots of support to study at TAFE. It’s a great program,” he said.

“The Wagirra crew is like a happy little family. That makes it easy to get work done and we take a lot of pride in the work we’re doing.

“We do a lot of different work, which is good. Sometimes I take tour groups along the Yindyamarra Sculpture walk and talk about the story behind each sculpture and how it was installed.”

AlburyCity General Manager Frank Zaknich congratulated Harry and Pat.

“Both these team members do a great job and have done AlburyCity proud,” he said.