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NXT candidate lends an ear to creative Byronians

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Aidan Dalgliesh leading Senate candidate in the federal election for the Nick Zenophon team (NXT) visited Byron Bay recently to talk to the town’s creatives about how they could be better supported.

He met with local small business owners and charity organisers – including videographer and creative director of Desert Pea Media Toby Finlayson, and local jeweller and design director of Pirates Dreaming, Adelaide Friday – at The Byron Creative in Centennial Circuit this week.

Mr Dalgliesh said he was keen to find ways in which government can best support the vibrant artisan, small businesses, such as those of Byron.

He added that he was ‘looking at ways government can assist with building Byron’s creative community into a strong and internationally recognised and respected artisan community.’

Mr Dalgliesh spoke to Mr Finlayson about his experiences with the Desert Pea Media team working with Indigenous youth in regional and isolated communities throughout Australia and the positive responses the Desert Pea projects have had on the students lives, school attendance and social engagement.

Mr Dalgliesh and Mr Finlayson discussed ways in which government programs could more effectively improve the lives of Indigenous people living in regional Australia, specifically around how to provide proven and successful culturally relevant opportunities in education and employment for Indigenous people throughout regional Australia.

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