Michael Walters Visits DTMT for NAIDOC Week

Date Published: 17/07/2014

Fremantle Dockers player Michael Walters visited DTMT last week as part of the celebrations and activities for NAIDOC Week.

Michael Walters is DTMT’s sponsored player at the Dockers and accepted the invitation to discuss some of the challenges he has faced as a young Aboriginal man and professional athlete.

Michael discussed growing up with a love of football, being drafted by Fremantle and the turning point of his career,  when he was sent back to play for Swan Districts at the start of 2012. He spoke of his renewed commitment and focus following the birth of his first child and his desire to keep mentoring young aboriginal men that are likely to face the same obstacles he did.

During NAIDOC week the Aboriginal Flag was raised at DTMT’s project sites, head office and depots. Indigenous employees were invited to share their story’s at pre-starts, as were other employees, to talk about the positive impact Aboriginal people have had in their life and/or at work.

CEO, Paul Dujmovic said “DTMT are committed to acknowledging NAIDOC week and facilitating positive discussions with our project teams.  We have a proud history of embracing the Aboriginal Culture and supporting events and organisations that assist in the engagement and employment of Indigenous Australians”

“Our joint venture with 100% Indigenous owned Pilbara business, Hicks Civil and Mining, is currently performing an earthworks package at Cape Lambert. DTMT also received the Indigenous Engagement Award from Rio Tinto’s Supplier Recognition Program earlier this year. We are dedicated to embracing the history, culture and achievements of Indigenous people”

NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.