Southern Downs Regional Council will host rising media star Ella Archibald-Binge when she returns home to Stanthorpe to share her story during NAIDOC Week 2018. A former Stanthorpe resident, Ms Archibald-Binge will take to the stage as Guest Speaker at SDRC’s Mayoral Leadership Forum breakfast on Friday 6 July at Feast and Farmin’.

A proud descendant of the Kamilaroi people from North West New South Wales, Ms Archibald-Binge was raised in Stanthorpe and moved to Brisbane in 2010 to study journalism, before returning to her hometown to cut her teeth at the Stanthorpe Border Post. The 27 year old now works as the Queensland correspondent with National Indigenous Television (NITV) and SBS, broadcasting stories on events and issues at the heart of Queensland’s Indigenous community to a national audience.

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme, Because of Her, We Can! highlights the role of Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander women as role models in the community. Welcoming Ms Archibald-Binge back to her hometown as the guest speaker at the Mayoral Leadership Forum is a fitting way to start NAIDOC Week events across the region. NAIDOC Week 2018 will be held nationally from Sunday 8 July to Sunday 15 July.

Southern Downs Mayor, Tracy Dobie said she is thrilled to welcome Ms Archibald-Binge to help celebrate NAIDOC Week at the Mayoral Leadership Forum. “Ella captures the very essence of this year’s NAIDOC week theme and we are delighted to welcome her home to the region to hear about her journey and experiences as a young Indigenous woman,” Cr Dobie said. “As a rising journalist at NITV and SBS, Ella is uniquely placed to share the stories that are at the heart of Indigenous Australia.”

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