Pittwater Offshore Reconciliation GetTogether Meeting
Tuesday, 29 April 2008
About 30 people attended the first meeting of this group in the SI
Community Hall on 29 April. The idea was to discuss reconciliation and
decide whether the community wanted to do anything further - with the
aim of building relationships, trust and discussion. Joy Nielsen
introduced the meeting and provided the Welcome and Robyn Iredale
chaired the meeting.
The meeting was part of the online political group GetUp's
"Reconciliation GetTogethers" that included more than 2,000 Australians
nationwide at meetings that night - to share stories, thoughts and hopes
about reconciliation and Indigenous affairs.
After each person introduced themselves and their interest in the issue,
the possibility of a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) was raised. A
wide-ranging discussion was then held, focusing on what strategies would
enable residents to meet with Indigenous Australians and better
understand the issues they face.
It was decided that a 'go slowly' approach was needed to ensure that we
do not replicate mistakes of the past and find ourselves having to say
'sorry' again at some point in the future.
The meeting decided to explore the following options and individuals
took on board responsibility for doing this:
Find out what others in the local area are doing, including the two
Investigate what groups such as Oxfam, Save the Children Fund, World
Vision, etc are doing on Indigenous reconciliation and see if we can tap
into some of their programs;
Explore the possibility of lobbying on aspects identified by Indigenous
Build links with Indigenous communities (eg in Casino, Wellington).
In the meantime, we decided to better inform ourselves about Indigenous
issues. The first event will be a talk by Danielle Campbell on her
innovative community development work with the Central Land Council in
Alice Springs. Michael Edols, who has made a number of films on
Indigenous Australians, will also give a brief talk. Matt Trapnell will
provide ambient background music.
This event will be held in the Scotland Island Community Hall on
Thursday 15 March at 8pm. Please bring a plate and a gold coin
donation to cover the cost of the hall.
The group that organised the GetTogether meeting consisted of Barbara
Labram, Lisa McDonald, Kerrie Borthwick, Tim Turpin, Annabelle Kristovic
and Robyn Iredale. Jessica McGorran very kindly did the posters.
Please contact Robyn Iredale on 02 99791096 or 0425 216 350 or Joy
Nielsen 02 9979 9667 or 0431 660 416 for further information.