Robert Lindsay is a retired teacher. His connection to First Nations people extends back to the early 1990s when he collaborated with the “Kara Kasil” Torres Strait Island Dance Group from Far North Queensland and the Australia Council for the Arts to introduce the Torres Strait Island culture to the southern states of Australia.
For more than a decade now Robert has volunteered extensively in the Not For Profit sector. The focus of his work has been the support of disadvantaged youth. Apart from his role with ACAS, Robert is also the Chairperson of 2Connect, Youth & Community (2019 NSW Youth Service of the Year), the President of the Optimising Health and Learning Association and the Secretary of the Board of Open Door Youth Housing Support Service. He is the co-founder the Gymea Community Aid and Information Service “DriveTime” program, a learn to drive program for people who had difficulty in accessing a driver’s licence, including Kirinari residents. At the request of the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, he worked with the NRMA to expand the program and subsequently the program has been extensively funded by the NSW Government under the DLAP umbrella. Robert has received several awards in recognition of his community service. He won the 2013 NSW Premier’s Public Sector Award for his work as part of the Optimising Health and Learning team and in 2019 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for service to the community through social welfare organisations.
Robert is committed to Reconciliation and he regards his work with ACAS as his way of contributing to this important goal.