'Tiger' McKenzie champions the Indigenous cause

ROLE MODEL: Malcolm 'Tiger' McKenzie is an advocate for his community and culture.
ROLE MODEL: Malcolm 'Tiger' McKenzie is an advocate for his community and culture.

'Tiger' McKenzie is a champion of the Aboriginal.

As an indigenous leader, he wants to get his people into business and jobs.

"This will lead to betterment of their lives," he said.

Mr McKenzie, of Port Augusta, is described as a motivator, activist, intimidator, provocateur, visionary and one-of-a-kind.

He aims to bring about the best for his Aboriginal community and the region they live in.

Originally from Blinman, he moved as a baby with his family to Davenport/Umeewarra Mission in 1960.

He attended Umeewarra Mission School, Central Primary and Port Augusta High, but his education suffered as a result of discrimination.

He was gifted at sport, excelling in boxing, cricket and football.

He played football for Willsden in the Spencer Gulf League at 15 years old. His football connections helped to gain a job as a trade assistant and driver with the Commonwealth Railways.

He was later a youth worker under the Tji Tji Wiru Program, taking young people on hunting and fishing trips and to AFL matches.

At the Davenport Community Council, he became works manager then chief executive officer.

He holds a diploma of community services management.

He served as a councillor on the Davenport council and worked for Vimba Warta, mentoring Aboriginal staff at Roxby Downs mine.

Now entering his retirement years, Mr McKenzie was nominated for Port Augusta's National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee lifetime achievement award.

He is described as an "over-achiever" despite facing many cruel setbacks and obstacles ... a true champion.