• JON WOLFE

First for man who grew up in Tamworth

A young man who grew up in Tamworth has been named as Australia’s first Indigenous consul-general appointed to the United States.

32-year-old Benson Saulo grew up in Tamworth and will be posted to Houston, Texas.

Mr Saulo said Being the first Aboriginal person to hold the position of an Australian consul-general comes with a huge weight of responsibility, but then also a sense of achievement and encouragement and a sense of being able to share my culture in the US and connect with other Indigenous people and highlight and showcase the global Indigenous economy.

Mr Saulo was the first Indigenous Australian to be appointed the Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations, and was the lead negotiator on the Rights of the Child Resolution in 2011.