So my name is Mitchell Michael, I'm from Cooktown far North Queensland. My tribe is the Balnggarrwarra people so that's Normanby River area, just north of Cooktown.
[How did you start working for TMR?]
I started working through TMR through the Peninsula Development Scholarship. So whilst at uni I applied for the scholarship and I was lucky enough to receive the scholarship. So through that I found some avenues to get in, do some internships. So, it's only rolled on from there.
[How has that journey been for you?]
A little bit of a roller coaster, a bit of jumping in and learning all about government. It's been exciting, I've got to work on some really good stuff and very rewarding work as well.
[What teams have you worked in and what projects have you worked on?]
So I started with the Program Management Delivery team and then I joined the PD&O so straight into delivering infrastructure on the ground which is pretty exciting—so I spent a year in Cloncurry, got to live a life in the great northwest, it's very exciting we got to do sealing a lot of roads that are still gravel so the stuff a lot of people don't get to see, it's pretty exciting. And now I work with RoadTek. At the moment, it's updating a lot of their management system but soon it'll be some auditing, getting out on the job, getting some on the ground experience.
[What has been the best thing about working for TMR for you?]
The best thing I've noticed so far about TMR is as a graduate coming in, I've made a bit of an impact and I can turn around and say I can see my work, what I've done, what I've been able to contribute, especially my time in Cloncurry—I can come back later and say I helped out on this project, so I find that part of working for TMR is great.
[Where you see TMR’s relationship with First Nations people and businesses going in the future?]
I only see it growing. For me personally, coming through the Peninsula Development Road Scholarship, that was great for me to come in but there's been some other students soon. There's plenty of different scholarships up and coming, so I'm very excited to see what happens with that, but it's just TMR's reach—TMR has a reach around the whole state and we impact communities directly, which I think is great and it's a great way to get in contact with First Nations people.
[What would you say to anyone asking about working for TMR?]
So TMR I feel really, is a very supportive network of people, whether it's you know your line manager or senior management it's very inclusive place to work and like I said, you get to get to go back home and do a bit of work back on country so that's great.