LEADER: Ipswich Citizen of the Year Faye Carr.
LEADER: Ipswich Citizen of the Year Faye Carr. Rob Williams

Women seek elder’s advice

IPSWICH Citizen of the Year Aunty Faye is a shining example of an Indigenous person who has battled adversity to become a role model in her community.

As an elder of the Yuggera tribe, Aunty Faye Carr helps Indigenous women and men through life's problems every day.

Aunty Faye and her daughter Samantha Carr said the major need for Ipswich's Indigenous women was a space where they could seek help led by local elders.

Samantha said a shelter within Ipswich specifically for Indigenous women would help address serious, chronic problems.

"A lot of them don't know how to talk to people in authority... because of what's happened in the past," Samantha said.

Aunty Faye said child safety was a common issue.

She spent 14 years working with indigenous people in the legal service and continues to regularly visit Southern Queensland Correctional Centre in Gatton to work with indigenous prisoners. She has been instrumental in setting up programs for indigenous people, including a breakfast program at Bundamba Secondary College.


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