Former apprentice of the year Joshua Toomey is new Darkinjung board chairman

Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council has appointed a new chairman.

Joshua Toomey, who hails from Wellington, NSW, is a proud Wiradjuri man and a passionate advocate for the Aboriginal community.

After being named the NSW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Apprentice of the Year at the 2011 Australian Training Awards and National NAIDOC Apprentice of the Year, Mr Toomey is now enjoying a career as a fully-qualified electrical linesman.

Entering his third year working with the Darkinjung board, Mr Toomey takes over the role of chair from Jenny Hayes, and said he was humbled and excited at the opportunity to further engage with and promote the values of Darkinjung and the Central Coast's indigenous community.

"This is a huge honour for me and not something I ever thought I would achieve as a kid," Mr Toomey said.

Darkinjung LALC chief executive officer Sean Gordon said Mr Toomey's determination, passion and work ethic made him the ideal choice to step into the role of chair.

"He understands the challenges facing our young people today and his appointment to the role of chairperson shows our desire to be a forward-facing organisation," Mr Gordon said

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