Mr Peter Gibbs or “Chicka” is a Gamillaroi man from the community of Weilmoringle on the banks of the Culgoa River in far west NSW. Peter has many years of experience in the community-development sector, with more than 30 years focusing on Western NSW.
He has worked in shearing sheds, on cotton fields, for the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, TAFE NSW Western Institute and been an Advisor to both Federal and State Government Ministers. Mr Gibbs is a Director of the NSW Geographical Names Board, Skillset Senior College and an active member of the Bourke based Nulla Nulla Local Aboriginal Land Council.
Mr Gibbs has been instrumental in the establishment of the IPROWD Program, a training model that develops Aboriginal people for a potential career in the NSW Police Force. The concept for this model developed after the tragic death in Police custody of his sister Fiona. IPROWD is now one of the most high profile programs in NSW.
Peter has developed partnerships with business, the philanthropic sector and government agencies in implementing innovative strategies aimed at improved life outcomes for Aboriginal people.