Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson (PJ) grew up in Toowoomba but is a Mandandanji (Roma) man at heart. Peter is a family man through and through.

"I'm a proud Aboriginal", Peter said.

"It is one of the oldest and deadliest living cultures."

Peter's children, his involvement with the South West Indigenous Network (SWIN) and being employed within the Queensland Government for 11 years are some of his biggest achievements in his life.

Peter is currently employed with the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing in Sport and Recreational Services as an Indigenous Development Officer. He says his job is rewarding in the sense that he is providing opportunities for our mob to showcase their talents and to provide a healthy lifestyle. He enjoys encouraging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to participate in various sports and recreational activities.

Peter has also had the opportunity to travel to different Indigenous communities within Queensland through his work with Sport and Recreation.

"I believe in hard work and confidence that you can do the job."

Peter also believes in being a role model to his children and the community.

Having suffered from depression for 5 years, PJ has turned his life around by seeking help.

"I encourage everyone to just talk to someone about your problems - family, friends or a professional - when you're feeling down."

The advice Peter has for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is to be proud of who you are and don't be afraid to give anything a go.