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Rod Towney

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Independant Chair of TRRA, Rod Towney, PSM

A highly-regarded educationalist, Rod Towney has travelled the globe a dozen times, speaking at the United Nations and rubbing shoulders with international leaders ranging from Queen Elizabeth II to Nelson Mandela.

He was invited to give the traditional Aboriginal welcome at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, in his capacity as chairman of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, and helped pave the way for land councils to gain membership of the Local Government Association of NSW.
Rod is passionate about Indigenous leadership, training and employment and the need to close the gap between black and white Australians.
Rod was born at Wellington and grew up on Namina reserve where the school headmaster reinforced what Mr Towney’s mother always said … “work hard, you are as good as the next person but need to prove it”.

The family moved to Gilgandra where Mr Towney completed his primary and secondary education.

After leaving school Mr Towney worked for the Post Master General’s department, delivering mail on a push bike.

He relocated to Dubbo to work on the railway as a trainee driver and fireman, then headed to Singleton for two years of theological training with the Aboriginal Inland Mission.

A move to Sydney resulted in an office administration job with the Department of Education.

He completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of NSW, Diploma of Teaching at University of Western Sydney and Bachelor of Adult Education at the University of Technology Sydney.

Additional qualifications were gained in Aboriginal language and government project management.

Mr Towney has taught in schools and lectured at university and TAFE. Currently he manages the Aboriginal education unit for the Western Institute of TAFE.

  • Dubbo, NSW
  • chair@TRRA.community
  • www.TRRA.community

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A highly-regarded educationalist, Rod Towney has travelled the globe a dozen times, speaking at the United Nations and rubbing shoulders with international leaders ranging from Queen Elizabeth II to Nelson Mandela. He was invited to give the traditional Aboriginal welcome at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, in his capacity as chairman of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, and helped pave the way for land councils to gain membership of the Local Government Association of NSW. Rod is passionate about Indigenous leadership, training and employment and the need to close the gap between black and white Australians. Rod was born at Wellington and grew up on Namina reserve where the school headmaster reinforced what Mr Towney’s mother always said ... “work hard, you are as good as the next person but need to prove it”. The family moved to Gilgandra where Mr Towney completed his primary and secondary education. After leaving school Mr Towney worked for the Post Master General’s department, delivering mail on a push bike. He relocated to Dubbo to work on the railway as a trainee driver and fireman, then headed to Singleton for two years of theological training with the Aboriginal Inland Mission. A move to Sydney resulted in an office administration job with the Department of Education. He completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of NSW, Diploma of Teaching at University of Western Sydney and Bachelor of Adult Education at the University of Technology Sydney. Additional qualifications were gained in Aboriginal language and government project management. Mr Towney has taught in schools and lectured at university and TAFE. Currently he manages the Aboriginal education unit for the Western Institute of TAFE.

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