Joshua Gilbert is a Worimi man, farmer and academic, from the Mid North Coast of NSW. We are delighted that he joined the IBA Board in April 2022.
Josh is undertaking higher degree research at Charles Sturt University, is the Indigenous Co-Chair of Reconciliation NSW and was recently recognised within the world’s top 50 young gastronomers. He is an entrepreneur and business advisor, working predominantly in the Aboriginal cultural, agricultural and environmental spheres. He has worked with numerous of not-for-profits, businesses and the government to develop change and bring people on a journey of change.
We caught up with Josh for a quick yarn to get to know him better.
Why did you join the IBA board? What do you hope to achieve in your time? I joined the IBA board as I'm passionate about the opportunities business can provide for mob on the ground, if that's where their passion lies. I also believe home ownership is a pivotal opportunity for mob and want to ensure as many people interested can pursue their dreams of buying a home.
What do you hope to see happen with Indigenous affairs in the next 5-10 years? 50 years from now? I'm particularly interested in what a voice within Parliament will provide for our People, and would love to see this mirrored across Government portfolios- for instance, I'd love to see an Indigenous agricultural advisor to the Minister. I also think a fundamental power shift will take place over the next 50 years, and I'm looking forward to mob self-determining their futures and creating new pathways for youth.
Favourite place in Australia and why? I love being home on country- I think we have the best mix of land from snow to beaches. My other favourite place is on the farm with my Nan- watching her care for the landscape, animals and people, doing what she loves, is a big inspiration for me.
Where do you feel most connected and why? I'm most connected on country- I love the way our small towns come together and connect.
Which of IBA’s values stands out to you and why? Connected- we know all mob are connected and have a yarn about everything and anything. I think our culture, passion and spirits connect us at all times to place and others.