Alfred Smallwood

Alfred is a proud Birri-Gubba/Nyawaygi man and a traditional owner in the Townsville and Ingham communities. Alfred is one of 10 siblings. He has three girls and one son of his own. Alfred’s father, Alfred Smallwood Senior, is a well-known Elder in the Townsville region and runs a men’s group called “Uncle Bim’s Men’s Group.” Alfred hopes to follow in the footsteps of his father being able to practice traditional ceremony in the Townsville region.

Alfred finished High school in 1999 and then completed his trade in carpentry in 2006 with the Queensland Department of Housing and Q-Build. As a builder/carpenter Alfred has worked across many Indigenous communities in the Townsville and Brisbane regions. During his building career, Alfred mentored and trained many other Indigenous apprentices.

From 2011 Alf moved to working on resources projects. For three years he worked on laying the Roma-South Australia gas pipeline for Nacap and Laing O’Rourke among others. As part of this work, Alf worked closely with Indigenous communities to manage heritage along the route of the pipeline and engage with Indigenous heritage monitors to oversee the work.

In the last three years, Alf has been working with the Queensland Department of Youth Justice as a youth worker. This work allowed him to pursue his passion for mentoring and supporting Indigenous youth. He has worked as part of the restorative justice and cultural mentoring team helping young people to express themselves and address the issues they face in their lives.

Alfred joined the Keogh Bay training team in May 2021.

Alfred can be contacted on alfred.smallwood@keoghbay.com.au.