A program to give Aboriginal people the chance to work in helping to manage the state’s fisheries has delivered its first graduate.
The Aboriginal Fisheries Officer Career Pathway Program, run through Primary Industries and Regions SA, provides the opportunity for Aboriginal men and women to be recruited, trained and mentored by experienced Fisheries Officers in order to gain the skills and qualifications required.
Delahay Miller began the program in January 2017 as a Compliance Support Officer, together with three other trainees located in various parts of the state.
He has recently been appointed to the role of Fisheries Officer based in Port Lincoln. At 25 years of age, he is one of PIRSA’s youngest Fisheries Officers.
Delahay successfully completed his Workplace Development Program, including a Certificate III Fisheries Compliance, under the mentorship of Senior Fisheries Officers.
Delahay says the Program, which was established in 2016, set him up well to apply for the job and he’s stoked to have won the position.
“The team took a lot of time and energy to help us with all elements of the training and I’m lucky to have been in a good position to apply,” he said.
“I love everything about the job, particularly being able to be outdoors and on the ocean; it’s a real privilege.
“I’d like to thank everyone, particularly Deryck Donovan and those in Port Lincoln, for their help. Becoming a Fisheries Officer is a dream come true.”
PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture Executive Director Sean Sloan said it was very satisfying to appoint Delahay as a Fisheries Officer.
“This appointment shows the Aboriginal Fisheries Officer Career Pathway Program is delivering on its aim to provide the opportunity for Aboriginal people to assist PIRSA to support and manage the State’s aquatic resources,” Sean said.
“Delahay is great communicator who engages well with his colleagues and stakeholders and PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture is very pleased to have him as part of the team.”