Che Dionysius appointed as new Lands Council CEO  

Newly appointed CEO of the Cobar Local Aboriginal Land Council (Cobar LALC), Che Dionysius, (second from right) was introduced to members at last Thursday’s Cobar LALC meeting. Che is pictured with Timothy Gumbleton (RMS Australia Partners), guest speaker at the meeting Jason Behrendt (Chalk & Behrendt Lawyers) and Cobar LALC members Tyrone Griffiths and Tanya Griffiths at the Cobar Services Club.

Ngiyampaa woman, Che Dionysius (or Che Griffiths as she is locally known), has been appointed as the Cobar Local Aboriginal Land Council’s (Cobar LALC) new Chief Executive Officer.

A proud traditional owner with a diverse skill set, Che has extensive experience working within the community.

“I hope to bring the Land Council back to how it was when I was growing up, with community events and people popping in for a yarn and cuppa,” Che told The Cobar Weekly following her appointment to the CEO’s role last week.

“I wanted to follow in my mother’s footsteps, she is my biggest inspiration advocating for indigenous people.

“My priorities will be getting a board together and mending and building relationships in the community with other organisations and the locals.”

Che will also have a focus on re-establishing links with the community to acknowledge NAIDOC Week, Survival Day and other culturally significant events.

I would like to see positive change with a fresh start and new ideas on how we can move forward as an organisation in the community,” she said.

Che is hoping to engage with local stakeholders to support and foster improved outcomes for the local Aboriginal community.

She will be working out of Cobar LALC’s new office space next to the Post Office.

“It’s situated in a more central location with easier access for everyone,” Che said.

“I want to make it a place where people feel welcome and know they are able to come and say hello,” she said.