Cr Josiah was born in Kowanyama and started out his career in Council in infrastructure and main roads, contributing to much of the transportation and road network throughout the local region. Many of the roads you see travelling into and through Kowanyama were helped built by Cr Josiah, and his experience took him all the way to Hughenden in outback Queensland, where he worked for Flinders Regional Council.
Cr Josiah also worked at the Sports and Recreations Association), where he cemented strong mentoring relationships with families in the area. It was here being a well-known and much-loved member of the community that many suggested he should run for Council.
He is particularly passionate about assisting in the development of the Cattle Company enterprise (which is soon to come back to Council). Cr Josiah holds a Cert.4 in stockyard and cattle work and is keen on supporting local jobs for young people and launching programs to give those a leg up in securing ongoing employment and experience.
With his goals firmly rooted in helping young people achieve their aspirations through employment initiatives, social activities and job opportunities, he also has objectives to renovate and expand his local church, improving roads and creating equal opportunity for the residents of Kowanyama.
Councillor Josiah says he wants young people of Kowanyama to have access to the same opportunities as he did. “I was fortunate enough to be able to explore new places outside of Kowanyama and through work experience and a variety of roles, I was gifted a unique and broad-ranging skillset” Cr Josiah says. “I’d like to think I’m an important role model for my community and strive to give people the tools to succeed in their chosen field.”
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