A Muswellbrook man will find out tonight if he will be crowned a New South Wales Local Hero.
Steve Fordham is nominated for the honour in the state finals of the 2024 Australia Day Awards for his work creating employment pathways for indigenous prisoners.
The Blackrock Industries boss and Blackroo Charity co-founder said it’s been a big team effort.
The Australian of the Year Award nomination states – “The co-founder of Blackroo Community Indigenous Corporation, Steven is helping reduce Indigenous recidivism through training and education.
He collaborates with local educational institutions and vocational training centres to give Indigenous people the skills they need to find employment.
Steven also helps former inmates develop community ties and a sense of belonging by promoting positive family relationships and cultural pride.
He advocates for culturally appropriate counselling and therapy services to address trauma and help participants heal.
Through Steven’s Second Chance for Change program, more than 160 men have found meaningful pathways to a life after prison.
Steven, who has dyslexia, taught himself to read after leaving school. He co-founded and manages the multimillion-dollar construction and mining support firm, Blackrock Industries, in the Hunter Valley.“