just one of many remote locations where CatholicCare NT provide programs and
services to community. Our Jabiru office opened in April 2016 and since
that time Louise Mayclair has been the Case Manager for Family and Community
Wellbeing. As the sole worker in the office Louise wears many hats and
does a great job providing our Community Mental Health and Children and
Parenting Support programs!
Louise completed her Masters of Public Health in 2019. As part of her studies, over an 18 month period, she undertook research on Social and Emotional Wellbeing in Kakadu. This involved interviewing many people in the local area and during this process Louise learnt much about the history which has helped her gain greater understanding of the Jabiru community. She is passionate about the community in which she lives and works, and has been persistent in establishing and maintaining strong partnerships with local stakeholders. One such partnership is with MLE Mining/ERA/Sodexo Health and Lifestyle Educator, Lyndon Anlezark. The Ranger Uranium Mine is based at Jabiru and Louise has worked in partnership with Lyndon to promote and provide Mental Health support to the mining community. Lyndon spoke highly of Louise and thanked her for her commitment and work in this area.
Louise is also involved with organising community events. Community events in remote locations help to bring people together, one such event being the Australian Mens Shed Association, Jabiru Mens Shed Showcase held on Tuesday 22 September. There was a BBQ and opportunity to check out the new Tool Trailer at the Jabiru Town Plaza. Louise was a helping hand at this event and moving forward will continue to support the Jabiru Mens Shed to get up and running. The existing land and structure will be cleared ready for new facilities where the men will gather for Mens Shed activities.
Jabiru at the end of 2020 will be in transition with the mine closing and land rehabilitated to be handed back to the Mirarr traditional Elders. CatholicCare NT is committed to providing ongoing support to the community now and into the future and we thank Louise for her part in this work.