HON ERNIE BRIDGE OAM CitWA JP
President – Watering Australia Foundation & Unity of First People of Australia
Ernie Bridge was born at Halls Creek in the Kimberley region in the far north of Western Australia. Prior to his political life, he was involved in family business and became a successful small businessman in his own right.
Mr Bridge has the distinction of being the first Aboriginal Member of the WA Parliament and the first Aboriginal person to be appointed a Cabinet Minister in any Parliament in Australia.
In 1993 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to Parliament and Aboriginal Affairs.
He is the President of the Watering Australia Foundation, a non-profit organisation established in 1995 and continues to champion water supply needs.
In 1997 he also established the Unity of First People of Australia, a non-profit organisation dedicated to assisting Aboriginal people and communities with the establishment of employment-creating enterprises and roles for indigenous people in the key areas of law and order, education and health.
In 2003 he received the Centenary of Federation Medal for his service to Parliament and Aboriginal Affairs and in 2004 he won the Western Australian Citizen of the Year Award in the category of Governor’s Award for Regional Development.
Since retiring from Parliament in 2001 Mr Bridge has continued to pursue business interests through the Watering Australia Foundation and the Unity of First People of Australia.
Presentations by Ernie Bridge currently available on MultiWebcast.com
1st International Diabetes in Indigenous Peoples Forum
Unity of First People of Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
This conference will emphasise the importance of “lifestyle” diseases including diabetes to Indigenous people. This will give them opportunities to put their views and have more influence...(more)
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