B A R A N G ISSUE 01
A W A R D S A VISION FOR
B A R A N G THE GLEN RECHES A MILESTONE CEOS JOIN THE JAWUN JOURNEY
HEALTH & LIFESTYLE
EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING
HOUSING & ACCOMMODATION
QUIET ACHIEVER TAKES OUT TOP HONOUR
BARANG SETS THE WAY AHEAD
Karen Adams has been honoured for her wide-ranging community service work by being named Central Coast Aboriginal Person of the Year.
Work is underway building the structure for a new organisation aimed at empowering Aboriginal communities and promoting local decision making on the Central Coast.
Karen describes herself as a quiet achiever and says she is honoured and privileged to receive the award. “I knew that I had been nominated, but I had no idea what it was for. I volunteer with many community organisations providing help where-ever I can. I think I am a quiet achiever,” she says. Karen has been a member of the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council for 17-years. She is also a member of the Council’s housing sub-committee and the Board of the Yerin Aboriginal Health
Service. She also works full-time and is a carer for her grandchildren. Non-Aboriginal Person of the Year was awarded to Leonie Leonard. The award was presented in recognition of her outstanding and ongoing health care to the Aboriginal community, especially in the area of chronic care. “Leonie strives hard to ensure all patients are provided with above and beyond health care. She also ensures all families are connected with the services they require,” the judges said. More than 300 people attended the award presentations and dinner held at the Wyong Rugby League Club on Saturday 22 November.
COVER PHOTO: QUIET ACHIEVER, KAREN ADAMS WAS NAMED CENTRAL COAST ABORIGINAL PERSON OF THE YEAR FOR HER WIDE-RANGING COMMUNITY SERVICE WORK.
2014 CENTRAL COAST ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY AWARDS Aboriginal Person of the Year
Non-Aboriginal Person of the Year
HERITAGE & CULTURE
Aboriginal Organisation of the Year
Yerin Aboriginal Health Service
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Non-Aboriginal Organisation of the Year
Jack Smith Memorial Award for Youth
Achievement in Arts and Culture
Achievement in Education and Training
Achievement in Work
Achievement in Sport
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This follows the signing of a new partnership agreement between the seven Central Coast Aboriginal community service organisations. The new organisation is known as Barang and interim Co-Chair Sean Gordon said he expects it to be incorporated as a social subsidiary of Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council. Sean says Barang will have a board made up of directors from the founding member organisations, Bungree Aboriginal Association, Ngaimpe Aboriginal Corporation (The Glen) The National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA), Mingaletta,Yerin Aboriginal Medical Service and Bara Barang. Barang is supported by both the Federal and New South Wales Governments. It will execute a regional strategy that is aligned with the Federal Government’s Empowered Communities initiative and the NSW State Government’s OCHRE Local Decision Making Strategy.
Sean says several workshops have been held with the founding members to define the specific role that Barang will play, how it will be governed and what actions and key initiatives needed to plan and execute to bring it to reality. “We have defined the Barang vision as empowering Aboriginal people through a unified voice. I’d like to see Barang become the regional authority on the Central Coast for Aboriginal specific issues by taking leadership and responsibility for our people. I’d like to see it advocate on behalf of Aboriginal people. I’d like to see it push for reform around Aboriginal people taking responsibility and the lead on issues that impact on them such as education, housing, employment and health,” he says. Sean says there is a great deal of work ahead for Barang. “We need to secure the support and resources to put people into the roles so they can identify the priorities and targets, begin building relationships with our founding members, service providers and governments and plan the way ahead. In the New Year we plan to establish regional tables that include like-minded Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal service organisations.
“The aim is for them to collaborate, look at where Aboriginal funding is being directed and what impact it is having in the specific area of need.” The aim is for them to collaborate, look at where Aboriginal funding is being directed and what impact it is having in the specific area of need,” he says. Sean is confident successful.
“It has taken us along time to get where we are today. With the type of reform and agenda we are talking about and by working collaboratively with our Barang founding members and in partnership with other service organisations I believe we can make significant advances in the areas of need within three years,” he says.
MAPPING OUR HERITAGE The Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council has developed a computer program to assist it in preserving and managing the cultural heritage of the Central Coast’s Aboriginal community. The mapping program shows the location and lists the significance of over 7,000 Aboriginal cultural sites on the Central Coast. It also shows the relationship to other sites in a wider cultural landscape. Current, future and proposed land use can be laid over the top to give a broader picture of the impact development has and can have on the sites. Land Council Chief Executive Officer Sean Gordon says the program was developed by chance.
“The program was used for the risk management of trees in urban areas. I saw the need for a similar program in the management of Aboriginal cultural sites, to store the information contained in our files, reports and in stored in people’s heads into one bank,” he says. Sean says the program also has wider application. “We have used the program in the Land and Environment Court to fight against the destruction of significant Aboriginal sites. A prime example is the Culga Sand Quarry case where we have shifted the thinking from dealing with one site to a wider cultural landscape by showing its connection to other
sites in the area. The site could have been a weigh-point to other sites as our people journeyed across the land,” Sean says. “We are not anti-development. We try to maintain the integrity of a site. If a site loses its cultural integrity then it becomes severely impacted and the broader community does not understand its significance,” he says. Sean says the program is also a planning tool in that current and future land uses can be laid over the top. “It allows us to better manage our assets and better support our position in economic development on behalf of our members,” he says.
HEALTH & LIFESTYLE
MUMS AND BUBS PROGRAM GROWS
ABOVE: PROTESTORS RALLY AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE IN SYDNEY.
SYDNEY RALLY SUCCESS The New South Wales Aboriginal community is claiming victory after the State Government decided to withdraw a Bill that could have impacted on thousands of land claims. The decision to withdraw the Crown Lands Amendment Bill follows a rally in Sydney on Monday 3 November attended by more than 500 people. Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council Chief Executive Officer, Sean Gordon, says despite the short notice the rally was well attended. “We only found out about the Bill ten days before the rally,” Sean says. “In that short time we organised groups from Western New South Wales, Tweed Heads, the South Coast and everywhere in between to travel to Sydney to join the protest in front of Parliament House,” he says. Sean says the Bill was introduced without any consultation with the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Rights Network and for the first time in the history of Aboriginal land rights the Government was attempting to introduce retrospective legislation.
“It also demonstrated to the Government that we can unite in a short time and allowed us to lobby politicians once again, which we have had no reason to do in recent time,” Sean says. Lands Minister Kevin Humphries has since advised the Bill has been withdrawn.
“This is one of the reasons why we love our job,’ she says.
“She fell pregnant when she was in her last 3 months of being 14 years and had the baby not long after turning 15. Her family was in Queensland and she had no support down here,” Kerry-Ann says.
“We get to see the kids when they are born and watch them as they grow knowing we have had a positive impact in their lives.”
“We supported her through the later stages of her pregnancy and she has now returned to her family,” she says.
The Dhanggan Gudjagang Cottage caters for Aboriginal women and non-Aboriginal women carrying an Aboriginal baby throughout their pregnancy. The Dhanggan Gudjagang Cottage also caters for Aboriginal children newborn to 5 years.
“She is doing well and sends me photos of her baby boy who is now about five. This is one of our little success stories.
“When I was acting as the Mums and Bubs worker I saw that women were not coming into the health centre until well past their 20-week gestation period which can be dangerous if they have not had any antenatal care,” she says.
“It also called for retrospective legislation that could have impacted on as many as 2,000 existing land claims in the system,” he says.
“It re-united the Aboriginal Land Rights network and re-engaged it with the state political system.
“The kids call us Aunt, we are all Aunties to them,” Kerrie-Ann says.
There have been approximately 340 women and 500 children involved in the program which has been operating since 2009. The Mums and Bubs unit was initiated by Kerrie-Ann with the backing of the Eleanor Duncan executive team.
“It was almost based on fear mongering because in 31 years of Aboriginal land claims in New South Wales not one claim has blocked public access to beaches.
“It was vocal but respectful,” he says.
change and focus more on health when she saw young girls at her school falling pregnant.
The program provides a wide range of antenatal and post-natal care, including basic nutrition, lactation consulting, regular health checks, early childhood development, immunisation, parenting courses and play groups.
“The Bill was aimed at preventing Aboriginal land claims over coastal lands and the Minister admitted it was designed to protect public access to beaches,” he says.
Sean says he was pleased with the outcome of the rally.
Kerrie-Ann Cook and her Maternal & Early Child Health Team are regarded as “Aunties” to hundreds of children on the Central Coast. Kerrie-Ann is the Manager of the Dhanggan Gudjagang Cottage (Mums and Bubs) at the Eleanor Duncan Aboriginal Health Centre at Wyong.
ABOVE: L TO R: LYNNE HAMILTON, SENIOR CONSTABLE MARK BEST, SHARON HODGETTS AND KELVIN JOHNSON.
WHITE RIBBON DAY The Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council hosted a morning tea at its Wyong offices to mark White Ribbon Day. Special guest included Senior Constable Mark Best from the domestic violence team with Tuggerah Lakes Local Area Command. White Ribbon Day is the only national male led campaign to end men’s violence against women.
“A lot can happen in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. “We need to get them in as soon as they know they are pregnant so we can provide that on-going care. “Women were also going to Gosford Hospital for midwifery clinics. They were getting different midwives all the time. So there wasn’t the one on one service from the same midwife, it was a different midwife each time.
The youngest client Kerrie-Ann and the Mums and Bubs program has assisted was aged 14.
“We get to see the kids when they are born and watch them as they grow knowing we have had a positive impact in their lives.” The Mums and Bubs Program plans to relocate and expand its programs in the future. “Our Aboriginal health worker has just qualified as a baby massage consultant and we plan to re- introduce baby massage classes in the future. It’s a good way for mums to bond with their bubs,’ she says. “One of my ultimate goals is to install an industrial kitchen and re-introduce our nutritional cooking classes. “They were very successful in the past. The kids helped their mothers cook and they all sat down to eat their meals together.
“I pushed for Eleanor Duncan to have its own mid-wife and early childhood nurse.
“The major goal that I have is to establish our own birthing suite for our women and their families.”
“The CEO and operations manager succeeded in getting funding from the Federal Government to implement the program.”
Kerrie-Ann and her team are devoted to the many Aboriginal mothers and children that access their Mums and Bubs Program. They are rewarded by the love and respect they receive and by watching a new generation of healthy and happy Aboriginal children taking their places in their community.
Kerrie-Ann is a former primary and high school teacher. Health was a component of her teaching. She realised she needed to
A JAWUN JOURNEY
CEOs EXPERIENCE JAWUN
I believe serendipity led to my month-long secondment at the National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) Dance College at Kariong, near Gosford.
Eleven senior executives, managers, leaders and government representatives experienced Indigenous heritage and culture during a two day tour of the Central Coast as part of the Jawun Program.
I was one of two Department of Defence employees who took part in the department’s second round of secondments with the JAWUN program in October 2012. Jawun, which means family or friend in Kuku Yalanji language of Cape York, is a non-profit organisation inspired by Noel Pearson that seeks to foster economic and social development, focusing on long-term, sustainable initiatives that will help break the cycle of welfare dependency in Indigenous communities.
Most represented existing corporate partners and had staff seconded to Central Coast Aboriginal community service organisations but had little on-the-ground knowledge or experience of the Program. Jawun Chief Executive Karyn Baylis says the tours are conducted regularly in areas in which the Jawun program runs.
“I put it down to serendipity that I went to NAISDA; my ballet training was something that I never mentioned during the application process because it didn’t seem relevant.” Working with corporate organisations and the Australian Public Service Commission, Jawun brokers secondments to a range of Indigenous organisations in communities across Australia. Secondees can work in remote Cape York and Kimberley communities through to urban communities in Sydney, the Central Coast and Shepparton. When I applied for a Defence Jawun secondment, I did not identify a preferred location instead allowing Jawun to place me where they thought my skills and talents would be best suited. With an academic and teaching background, I thought I would be appointed to an indigenous general school or college and was pleasantly surprised when I was appointed to NAISDA, given I had studied ballet for 18 years from a young child. I put it down to serendipity that I went to NAISDA; my ballet training was something that I never mentioned during the application process because it didn’t seem relevant. But it gave me a feeling of knowing what the developing artists would be studying and the academic context in which NAISDA operates. And it really added to the excitement of my secondment. I prepared an advertising and marketing strategy, including a website development strategy for NAISDA, which was founded in Sydney in 1975. The college moved to a permanent home on the Central Coast in 2006 and is situated in the Mt Penang Gardens area.
ABOVE: DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE JAWUN SECONDEE, WENDY BILBOE. (PHOTO BY LAUREN LARKING, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE)
NAISDA is staffed by amazingly talented and dedicated people, whose enthusiasm is inspiring. I am so impressed how this organisation manages with limited funds and is constantly working to improve things and the experiences of the young dancers. I learnt so much about the diversity of indigenous Australians. The Jawun program is inspiring in the way it is working to assist indigenous communities. Jawun is truly a two-way street. I will never forget my secondment. It was reinvigorating to work with NAISDA and I am so proud to have been a part of such a worthwhile program. Prior to starting work, I was taken on a weekend camping trip covering the region which makes up Darkinjung country. The orientation trip concluded with a visit to the Koori Football Knockout. More than 10,000 Aboriginal people from all over NSW attend the event which was held at Raymond Terrace, yet this huge gathering, which brings in thousands and thousands of dollars to the hosting area, is relatively unreported. The Darkinjung traditional boundary spans both the Wyong Shire and Gosford City local government areas. The region is rich in cultural heritage with more than 7000 registered Aboriginal sites. The Central Coast is home to more than 9000 or more Indigenous people.
“We run CEO visits twice a year to the Central Coast. They are an opportunity for the CEOs to talk to their secondees, hear how their work adds value, see what they are doing and meet Aboriginal community leaders. These visits are critical because it’s hard to describe what work our secondees are doing on the ground. For the executives to be able to touch and feel it in a leisurely relaxed manner is of huge value,” Karyn says. She says the feedback has been positive. “Most have been blown away. They have only been here a few hours and the impact is already evident.” Karyn also had praise for the hosts. “The Central Coast is a terrific group to work with. They know what a true partnership is and Jawun values that relationship second to none. Our corporate partners also recognise this and continue to support Jawun and the region,” she says. The party visited the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council, the Blue Haven residential development, Bungree, Bulgandry Aboriginal Place, NAISDA and The Glen
QUOTES FROM VISITING CEOs “It is enthralling and inspiring to see people taking on the challenges they have and do so well with it.” - Gary Sterrenberg, Chief Information Officer Department of Human Services. “I am blown away by how passionate people are for making a difference and the graciousness they have for sharing their history and culture. It’s genuine and it makes me humbled.” - Barbara Hyman, head of Human Resources and Marketing, Boston Consulting Group. “It has been fabulous, it’s exceeded my expectations. The cultural aspect has been intriguing. I am surprised by how far the Central Coast has come in a short period of time and the networks they have built are amazing.” - Britt Coombe, Regional Manager QBE. “It’s fabulous. It’s an amazing opportunity for people to extend and develop themselves but more importantly to learn about our Indigenous past.” - Gaylene Smith, Director Strategic Learning and Development, Australian Public Service Commission. “I am surprised of the maturity of some of the Aboriginal organisations we have visited. My expectation was far from what I saw so I have to take my hat off to them, fantastic and very impressed.” - Louise Dwyer, Executive General Manager Personal Insurance, Suncorp. “To visit the Aboriginal rock carvings, hear the stories and experience the richness of a culture that I could not have imagined existed to that extent here on the Central Coast is overwhelming and remarkable. We knew it was here some time back but to know it is coming to life again is amazing.” - Jennifer Pangas, General Manager, Talent Management, Commonwealth Bank.
Almost 1400 secondees have been sent out through the Jawun program and have provided more than $50 million worth of inkind resources. Originally working with major corporations such as Westpac, KPMG, Qantas and the Boston Consulting Group, Jawun was extended in July 2011 through a pilot program with the Australian Public Service. Wendy Bilboe, Department of Defence ABOVE: JAWUN CEOS JOIN SECONDEES AND STAFF AT THE GLEN.
EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING
TRANSITION TO SUCCESS
COOKING UP CONFIDENCE AND CAREERS
The Ngaimpe Aboriginal Corporation is providing new opportunities for young men at The Glen through its Transition Program.
“Unfortunately a lot of men have no option but to go back to their old ways if they cannot get into the Program.
The Program is designed for clients who complete the normal 12 week agenda and identify a need to stay longer to give them time to secure accommodation, learn new skills or advance existing skills to gain employment.
“The fact they have achieved 12 weeks clean and sober at The Glen is not going to cut it for most guys unless they go back to a supportive environment.
16-year-old Matthew Thornton gets personal satisfaction from preparing meals. At the same time he is learning new kitchen and cooking skills while studying for his Year 10 Certificate.
Program Manager Tony Santos says the Transition Program provides them with the necessary tools and links to re-establish their lives after periods of drug and alcohol addiction.
“Most don’t, most return to a using partner and friends. “They also return to a wider using community where they are well known and where other addicts are eager to see someone who is now clean and sober fall over,” he says.
“I can only dream about where my life is heading now. It is the best thing I have done.” LEFT: L TO R: TRANSITION PROGRAM PARTICIPANT ANDREW, TRANSITION PROGRAM MANGER TONY SANTOS AND THE GLEN RESIDENT CLARENCE.
“The Program is necessary for many men who come to The Glen because 12-weeks is not a long time. Guys come in here and 12 weeks is gone in the blink of an eye,” Tony says.
26 year old Andrew is a member of the Transition Program. “It’s a good program. It has helped me out with a lot of things,” Andrew says.
“I don’t want to go back to that lifestyle, I want to stay here as long as I can and build a strong foundation for when I do leave so I can make a fresh start.
“After the initial period they can apply to join the Transition Program if they can demonstrate the need to stay longer,” he says.
“Being here as given me more opportunities and time to think about what I want to do with my life instead of getting back out there in the drug community,” he says.
“After a trial period I now have a casual position at a local hardware store and I am studying community service at TAFE. “I want to eventually work with kids, like a mentor, share my past experiences with them and hopefully stop them from making the same mistakes I did,” he says. There are currently 12 men in the Transition Program but Tony says there is a need for more places. “If you asked the men on the regular program if they wanted to stay longer more than half would say yes,” he says. “This is because more than half of the men on the Transition Program succeed after leaving and have good outcomes as opposed to those on the regular program. “Those on the Transition Program have established the links to support them on the outside and there is more chance of them remaining clean and sober.”
“It makes me happy to see smiles on a customer’s face when I prepare good food for them,” Matthew says. Matthew is one of a number of young students training in food and beverage preparation at the Coolamon Cafe and Catering at Bara Barang. The skills they learn can prepare them to enter the hospitality industry and the general workforce.
some enjoy preparing take-away. I don’t know many who are fond of cleaning up at the end of the day but that is something they have to learn,” Debra says. The Cafe was facing closure earlier this year after funding was cut to Youth Connections. It is now being funded under the work for the dole scheme supplemented by a growing catering business. Debra plans to expand her program after the granting of funding for the introduction of a nutrition program.
“We will have parents and kids cooking bush tucker while focussing on health and nutrition. We will also set up a cooking class in the Skills Centre and take them around the garden where they can learn about sustainable cooking,” she says. Debra is devoted to her students and the cafe. “I love the cafe and the kids who work hard to keep it running. We don’t aim to make huge profits. We just want to be able to make enough to keep the cafe open and running.”
Cafe Manager Debra Coade says the students learn barista skills, food preparation, health and hygiene as well as customer service. “Not only does the training prepare them to enter the workforce but it also provides them with structure and social skills. Some of the kids come here after struggling with behavioural issues or problems at home or at school but when they enter the kitchen they are different. Some develop a talent for making coffees, some enjoy baking and ABOVE: MATTHEW THORNTON COOKS UP A DISH AND A FUTURE CAREER AT THE COOLAMON CAFE.
THE GLEN HITS A MILESTONE The Glen has celebrated its 20th anniversary in true Indigenous ceremony and style with more than 400 people in attendance including local Indigenous community leaders, political representatives, past residents and supporters. It was a day to reflect on the achievements of The Glen, its residents and the work of its dedicated staff and supporters. Chief Executive Officer of The Glen Joe Coyte said it was also a day to celebrate.
“I only planned to come here for the first 12 weeks but something changed inside me and I realised I could make something of my life and I am glad I did,” Andrew says.
“We are celebrating the hard work over the past 20-years and the 3,000 people who have entered programs at The Glen over that period. Hopefully we have been able to empower them to make better decisions during their lives,” he says.
“I can only dream about where my life is heading now. It is the best thing I have done.”
Joe attributed the large turnout for the celebrations to the widespread community support.
“We have a lot of support because we work hard in the community. We collaborate with the community and we value our relationship with the community,” he says. The Glen was established at Chittaway Bay in 1994 by the Ngaimpe Aboriginal Corporation to combat the suffering of Aboriginal people at the hands of drugs and alcohol. In establishing The Glen Ngaimpe was aiming to keep Indigenous and nonIndigenous men out of the criminal justice system and place them into treatment for their drug or alcohol addiction which it says is responsible for most offences. The Ngaimpe Aboriginal Corporation is motivated by the continued over representation of Indigenous Australians in the prison system, the abuse of alcohol and other drugs and low levels of participation in education and employment compared to the general population.
Programs at The Glen are designed to treat clients in an holistic manner. This means treating them spiritually, mentally as well as and physically. It also means addressing the things that may be causing the addictive behaviours, giving them power to take control of their lives and enabling them to live a good life and to become family and community members. Recently The Glen was forced to close The Glen Annex at Rothbury due to uncertainty over funding. This resulted in the loss of 18-beds and existing clients were relocated to Chittaway Bay. Despite this setback Joe says The Glen is here to stay. “The Glen is here for people who need it and those who may need it in the future. If the support we see here today is any indication then we are here to stay.”
HOUSING & ACCOMMODATION
HERITAGE & CULTURE
MORE HOUSING ON THE DRAWING BOARDS
The Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council is continually building on its housing stock on the Central Coast. The Land Council has a total of 19 properties, eight at Empire Bay and the remainder spread throughout the Wyong Shire. Land Council Planning and Development Manager Lynne Hamilton says the existing properties are rented to members on a cost recovery basis and three new properties are being constructed as part of the next stage of Blue Haven.
NAISDA STUDENTS GET A TASTE OF THE BIG APPLE It’s a long way from treading the boards in Philadelphia and New York to the rehearsal rooms of the NAISDA Dance College at Kariong. That’s how far Iquail Shaheed has travelled to pass on his dance skills to
“We have just turned the dirt of the first of those new properties. We are expecting them to be completed by February. They will be rented to Aboriginal families on the Central Coast. People must be members of the Land Council to qualify for our affordable housing scheme,” Lynne says. She says the Council plans to add a variety of housing to its future stock. “We have looked at our waiting list and identified that more than half of the people seeking housing are single or married couples. In the past we have developed four bedroom properties and we have accommodated many families. Now we are planning to build villas or town houses to cater for singles and the elderly,” she says. ABOVE: A RESIDENT OF BLUE HAVEN IN FRONT OF HER DARKINJUNG HOUSE.
BUNGREE SEEKS NATIONAL HOUSING ACCREDITATION The Bungree Aboriginal Association is applying for national accreditation of its housing services. Bungree Chief Executive Officer Suzanne Naden says national accreditation will mean Bungree will be able to provide a greater level of accommodation services to the Central Coast Aboriginal community. Bungree owns and manages a large number of properties and is one of the largest providers of secure and affordable housing for the Central Coast Aboriginal community. “Bungree is the only Aboriginal housing provider in New South Wales to be registered mainstream. All mainstream housing providers must register nationally, so that a
provider only has to deal with one Registrar for all state and territory jurisdictions. And, in that process we are now going through the national regulatory system for community housing,” Suzanne says.
has a waiting list for accommodation of 15 to 20-years. She hopes to ease the shortage in accommodation in the future by leveraging off its existing stock to build on its current portfolio.
“We have until 5th January 2015 to complete the registration process. This is a huge step for Bungree and I believe it will lead to a better level of services for our community,” she says.
“We are waiting for the transfer of titles for 20 properties to Bungree that we want to leverage off to build up our own stock. We will continue to build our own stock with a diverse range of accommodation to work towards becoming the preferred service provider for Aboriginal housing in the eyes of the community and government,” she says.
Suzanne says the demand for Aboriginal housing on the Central Coast is high. Bungree has a current total of 83 properties that includes transitional housing and long term tenanted homes. Most properties are currently occupied and Bungree
Meanwhile, Bungree expects to learn in the New Year if its application for national accreditation is successful.
the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at NAISDA. Iquail comes to NAISDA with an impressive resume in dance from his African American background. He is the founder and Artistic Executive Director of DANCE IQUAIL in New York. He has been trained in dance since the age of 13 and performed with leading American and international dance companies and in major Broadway productions. For the past several months Iquail has been at NAISDA where he is introducing the Horton Technique into the local dance college curriculum.
and training curriculum so NAISDA can continue to be a centre for the Horton Technique in Australia,” he says.
“The Horton Technique is not widely taught in Australia. I am building the systems
Iquail has returned to New York and will be back at NAISDA in March.
Iquail has praise for NAISDA and its students. “I see them blossom as the difficult things I asked them to do become easier. It’s also amazing that many NAISDA students are graduating and entering mainstream dance in Australia and overseas. NAISDA needs to be recognised and cherished for the opportunities it gives to so many young people,” he says.
ABOVE: IQUAIL SHAHEED
MINGALETTA ELDERS CONNECTING THE COMMUNITY The Mingaletta Women Elders Group considers itself a touchstone for the local community. Its members say they are a wealth of knowledge and experience.
elders group also visit local primary and pre-schools where they tell and perform Aboriginal dreamtime stories. They dress up to give their stories life.
“If people need something they usually give us a call. We have so much knowledge between us of Government departments and functions and what’s available within our community,” Aunty Colleen says.
Aunty Leigh is the garden, Aunty Anita is the ocean, Aunty Robyn dresses up as the black fairy and Aunty Barbara dresses as a clown. Aunty Anita gives out stuffed toys to the kids.
The elders meet every Thursday at the Mingaletta Community Centre in Umina where they undertake their specialist crafts.
“Each child gets a toy of a native animal. They know what the animal is and what
they can do so they show off for us elders,” Aunty Anita adds. They also participate in many outdoor activities, are a very active and open to new members. They meet at the Mingaletta Community Centre every Thursday. For further information phone 02 4342 7515 or email [email protected]
and address your email to “Mingaletta Elders.”
Some are expert in sewing and others in knitting, drawing, crochet, cooking and jewellery making. Aunty Joyce paints, Aunty Anita and Aunty Colleen specialise in sewing, and Aunty Leigh cooks and sketches while Aunty Margaret is an expert designer. Uncle Reg organises the raffles and manages the 100 Club. Aunty Anita says the group makes all sorts of items and donates them to charity or sells them to raise funds. The meetings are also an opportunity for the Aboriginal community elders to reconnect, socialise, support one-another, share skills and discuss community issues. Some members of the
ABOVE: THE MINGALETTA ELDERS (L TO R) AUNTY MARGARET, AUNTY COLLEEN, AUNTY ANITA, AUNTY PAM, AUNTY LEIGH, AUNTY JOYCE AND UNCLE REG.
CALENDER OF EVENTS DECEMBER 2014 4
Mingaletta Community Meeting
Central Coast Women’s Choir
Community Christmas Celebration and Expo, The Entrance Memorial Park
Christmas Fair Mt Penang
NAISDA Dance College performance of “Your Skin my Skin” at the Carriageworks Sydney.
Second Hand Saturday, Gosford Local Government Area
Christmas Lights in the Gardens, Mt Penang
Central Coast Women’s Choir
Avoca Beachside Markets
Central Coast Women’s Choir
The Entrance Farmers Market
Carols by Candlelight, The Entrance Memorial Park
Central Coast Mariners vs. Brisbane Roar at Central Coast Stadium Gosford
New Year’s Eve celebrations, The Entrance Memorial Park
2GO Gosford New Years Eve Waterfront Carnival
JANUARY 2015 New Year’s Day Central Coast Women’s Choir The Entrance Farmers Market Central Coast Women’s Choir Central Coast Women’s Choir The Entrance Farmers Market Cinema Under The Stars, Terrigal Central Coast Women’s Choir Yabin Festival Sydney Survival Day (Australia Day)
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Australia Day celebrations, Memorial Park, The Entrance, Kibble Park Gosford Central Coast Women’s Choir
FEBRUARY 2015 Mingaletta Community Meeting Central Coast Women’s Choir The Entrance Farmers Market National Apology Anniversary Central Coast Women’s Choir Valentines Day Central Coast Women’s Choir The Entrance Farmers Market Central Coast Women’s Choir
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