A Cowboy’s Learn to Earn graduate has visited his old training ground to thank those who trained and supported him in getting his dream job as a stockman.
Back in Townsville for a brief family visit, 21-year-old Morgan Toby, who hails from Thursday Island, took time out to call into Wonderland Station near Alice River to thank Cowboys staff and Geoff and Vicki Toomby for their roles in helping him land his dream job.
“I’ve always wanted to work on a station and the training I got from Geoff and Vicki and the support I got from the Cowboys mentors made it possible,” Morgan said.
“They even found a job for me and helped me settle in once I was accepted.”
Now working at Mistake Creek Station on the border of the Northern Territory and Western Australia, Morgan graduated with a Certificate II in Rural Studies from the Toomby’s Ultimate Rural Training Centre earlier this year as part of the Cowboys Learn to Earn program.
“Geoff and Vicki gave me a really good grounding in every part of station life from horsemanship to bush cooking, so once I arrived on Mistake Creek to take up the job I was able to fit in really quickly," Morgan said.
"I’m loving it. Being part of the Cowboys Learn to Earn program has totally changed my life.
"I simply wouldn’t be where I am today without them”.
The partnership between the Cowboys’ Learn to Earn program, the Australian Government and Geoff and Vicki Toomby’s Rural Training Centre allows Indigenous Australians to achieve entry level qualifications and a guaranteed job placement with a rural employer.