NATIONAL: Tour de France winner Cadel Evans wants to use his global profile to highlight disadvantage faced by Aboriginal people.
On Tuesday Evans announced he was in preliminary talks with the Northern Territory government to develop a working relationship.
The Australian 2011 Tour de France winner was born in Katherine in NT and spent his early childhood in the small Aboriginal community of Barunga.
On Monday the sports star stopped in Darwin for a brief visit and said he knew complex social problems affected some Indigenous people.
“It is something that unfortunately Australians don’t consider enough and maybe they don’t even realise enough, and if I can even help bring a bit more awareness that would really be something,” Evans said.
He also said he wanted to help promote the long history Aboriginal people had in Australia.
“Unfortunately I think many people around the world just aren’t aware of one, the culture, and the history that Australia has,” Evans told journalists in Darwin.
Evans said he could also use his profile to promote NT tourism.
He said working with the NT government or tourism authorities meant a lot to him personally.
“I am quite sure we can make a difference,” he said.
NT Chief Minister Paul Henderson said Evans was a favourite son of the territory and while nothing specific had been worked out, a partnership had been started.
“We are going to work over the next weeks and months to put together a bit of a plan that is going to suit Cadel and his amazingly tight schedule, and we will certainly do something into the future,” Mr Henderson said.