On Saturday morning, July 12th 2014, the managing director of Deadly Vibe, Gavin Jones, passed away in his hometown of Goulburn, New South Wales, at the age of 47.
Gavin was a respected and widely admired figure and leader of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, who worked tirelessly towards the advancement and health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Gavin was born on the traditional lands of the Ngunnawal and Gundungurra peoples at Goulburn, in southern New South Wales. While he grew up in the provincial town between Sydney and Canberra, the family’s roots were in Bigga, Binda, Crookwell and Tuena. He was raised by his mother, father and grandmother, along with his three sisters.
After finishing school, Gavin started a journalism cadetship at the Goulburn Post newspaper before completing a communications degree at the University of Canberra in 1989. He then began working in journalism across various Government departments.
The company he founded in 1993, Deadly Vibe, forged new ground in its holistic approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advancement. Gavin’s vision and mission for Deadly Vibe was to: ‘Support all Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people in reaching their full potential by providing positive imagery, identifiable role models and quality media to improve community and quality of life.’
In June, 2014, Vibe Australia was informed that funds for the Vibe Project will be directed to the Australian Government’s programs that deliver front line services from 1 July 2014. We are currently in a transition arrangement.
Everyone at Vibe is extremely proud and humbled by the work we do on behalf of the community and of the support we receive from community, and the wider Australian public. This announcement is made in good faith to inform you of the current situation.
The Vibe Project includes: Deadly Vibe magazine, The Deadlys, InVibe magazine, Deadly Sounds radio, Move It Mob Style TV, deadlyvibe.com.au (also as a value added activity, Deadly Vibe on Facebook and Twitter sites and the weekly e-publication Deadly Vibe Wire).
As of 30 June 2014 all these activities are concluded. However, our commitment to Vibe and our belief in the work we do on behalf of community remains firm.
The family of Gavin Jones requests that all media do not speculate on the circumstances regarding his passing.
At this difficult time, they ask that theirs and Gavin’s privacy be respected.
They prefer acknowledgment and recognition be paid to his lifetime of work; his vision and aspirations to achieve a better world for all Australians.
Instead of flowers they ask that donations be made to the following approved Foundations.
The Jimmy Little Foundation
The Go Foundation
The Yothu Yindi Foundation