Real Futures Real Stars — Nigel Chilly

Nigel is a Anaiwan/ Dunghutti man living in Kempsey Nigel. After school he tried to continue to better himself with any training opportunities that came up and strived to be a positive role model for his family and community but he has struggled through accommodation issues, his family splitting and losing a daily connection with his children, which has affected his drive and motivation. He was able to secure employment with a business doing mattress stripping and continues to work with this employer now after 3years.

Nigel says, “Having a job and something to do each day helped me cope with the loss of my family and helped build my confidence”.

Nigel recently has been given the opportunity to take on his own business running a lawn maintenance crew, connecting with local business and employing local Aboriginal people. His family are very supportive but are also aware of the risk he is taking in going out into the industry as Small Business Operator. Nigel remains positive and says, “if you don’t try, then you will never know”.

Nigel hopes to continue to grow as a business and hopes that 5 years from now he will be able to expand and employ more Aboriginal people. He feels that it is very important for Aboriginal people to feel supported and to have the opportunity to work together and be culturally supported. He would like to hand the business over and work alongside his son one day.