On the 19th of November, Mrs Valma Schultz was sworn in as a Councillor for the Dundas Shire Council. She is the first Aboriginal Ngadju woman and first Norseman Indigenous person elected to the role.
The ceremony was well attended by the community. The mayor of Norseman invited Ps Kevin Tucker from the Norseman Church to provide some Christian input to the ceremony. Ps Kevin read from the scriptures and prayed the opening prayer. This was followed by two Christian songs led by Annette Stocks on guitar.
The Dundas Shire covers the area from Norseman Region to Balladonia, Caiguna Madura, Mundrabilla to Eucla. Valma is the daughter of the late Phyllis Wicker and wife of James Schultz. James and Valma are long serving members of the Norseman Churches of Christ and are part of the IMA (Indigenous Ministries Australia) team in W.A.
One of James and Valma's daughters, Cian, lives with Remy and Theresa Sese’s daughter, Narelle, in Esperance. Narelle has had the privilege of mentoring and supporting Cian to complete her Traineeship in Conservation Agriculture and Land Management (Cert 4. CALM) with Wongutha CAPS. She was nominated for the ‘Fletcher International WA Aboriginal Student of the Year’ in April 2019. In October, Cian applied for a job with the Esperance Dept of Parks and wildlife and was accepted and is now working with them.
It is wonderful to see the Schultz family continue to be a positive Christian influence within the broader community, from one generation to the next.