Lauren wins support as Arrow shoots for fair deal
BUNDABERG nursing student Lauren Roth has won a $10,000 Arrow Energy Indigenous Tertiary Scholarship to support her studies at university.
She is among just 25 scholarship winners from six universities across Queensland.
Originally from Eidsvold, Lauren is a proud Wakka Wakka woman and began her career as a primary health worker at the Bundaberg Indigenous Wellbeing Centre.
Lauren is in the first year of her Bachelor of Nursing at Central Queensland University and after she graduates plans to work in remote Indigenous community across the state.
Arrow Energy CEO Andrew Faulkner said the scholarships are complete educational packages which also included mentoring, tutoring and peer support networks so students had the best support to achieve their goals.
The scholarships were announced at the launch of Arrow's Reconciliation Action Plan.
The plan maps out Arrow's reconciliation vision of deepening relationships with indigenous Australians by supporting employment, training and education opportunities.
Arrow says it is is Queensland's first coal seam gas company to formalise a reconciliation plan and the first to also set an indigenous workforce target for staff. It says it is striving for an indigenous participation rate of 1.75% next year and a longer-term goal of 2.5%.