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Natasha Chong, known locally as ‘Chongy’ is a Wakka Wakka woman from Mareeba, Queensland. She was born in Darwin and raised in Katherine. For the past 3 years she has been the Senior Client Services Officer in NAAJA’s Katherine office. Chongy is the indispensable link between clients and lawyers. She ensures clients understand the legal system, and lawyers understand our clients.
Chongy knows everyone and everyone knows her. Such is her reverence in the community that she is treated like an oracle by clients, family, lawyers, and Magistrates alike. She demonstrates an exceptional commitment to the rights of Aboriginal people on a daily basis. She works intensively with those most in need, particularly young people, in a way that goes beyond her job description and hours of employment. Such is her commitment to Aboriginal people of the Katherine region that she spends much of her own time assisting other local agencies to help her people. Natasha recently received the 2016 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS), Trevor Christianson award. She is a single mother of a large family.