Buffalo Boys’ expertise valued in Gapuwiyak
The Buffalo Boys are busy training 25 senior students from Gapuwiyak School in aspects of occupational health and safety.
The community maintenance workers are introducing the students to risk assessment, personal protection equipment, and the importance and implementation of occupational health and safety protocols — all of which are part of a year-long employment pathways’ program.
Gapuwiyak School principal, Clarice O’Leary, said the Buffalo Boys also draw the attention of the trainees to modern work practices, and the traditional tools and methods employed by their great grandfathers.
“Employment pathways’ programs equip students for diverse careers by looking at common techniques, such as letter writing, occupational health and safety, personal protection equipment, completing forms and resume production,” she said.
“But our students are also developing skills by running a café, operating an online shop, and by participating in the Caring for Country initiative with the Yirrkala Rangers — learning about the local area, the daily work of the rangers, native plants — including their traditional uses — pests and pest control, and the fire creation techniques used by the rangers.”