Kimberley Girl founder Kira Fong to receive Medal of the Order of Australia

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Goolarri Media chief operations officer and Kimberley Girl founder Kira Fong.
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A highly regarded media worker, who is responsible for providing pathways for hundreds of young indigenous women, is one of a handful of respected Broome residents set to be awarded national honours.

Kira Fong, pictured, was revealed to be a recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia last week for her work introducing the Kimberley, Pilbara and Goldfields Girl competitions.

Originally launched in Broome 17 years ago, the programs use a modelling catwalk event as a tool to engage young Aboriginal women and teach them valuable life skills in the lead-up, to make them ready for job or training opportunities.

The 47-year-old runs the measure through her position as chief operations officer at Broome-based Goolarri Media, a role that has helped fuel her passion for shining a positive light on indigenous achievement around the State.

Ms Fong said she was overwhelmed by the announcement, but felt undeserving of the honour because of the amount of help she had received over the two decades.

“There has been so much praise and fuss for me, but this work I do has never been on my own and there is such an amazing team of people out there who have helped all along,” she said.

“To me, I am going to use this platform to try and attract more funding for the Kimberley Girl programs and use it to provide a platform for these girls to have a voice.

“I am incredibly humbled and thankful for this. Now it is more about what I can do with this recognition to help young women to grow, which has always been my passion.”

Broome’s Daliah Moss will also be presented an OAM for her work in developing international eye health programs, while Bruce Brown will be honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to the pearling industry.

The recipients will be officially handed their medals in April.

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