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THE MESSENGER

Bandimayiya - April 2016

DARKINJUNG BARKER COLLEGE

– OPENS ITS DOORS

CELEBRATE WITH US

THIS NAIDOC WEEK

FIRST DAY FOR

SCHOOL-BASED TRAINEES


CONTENTS

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRPERSON 01

PAINTING OF THE HOARDINGS 02

NAIDOC WEEK CELEBRATIONS 03

DARKINJUNG BARKER COLLEGE

– OPENS ITS DOORS 03

NAIDOC FAMILY FUN DAY 04

NAIDOC GOLF DAY 05

FIRST DAY FOR

CBA SCHOOL-BASED TRAINEES 06

MY LE,NONET BY CRISTAL WALTERS 07

2016 – 2019 COMMUNITY LAND

BUSINESS PLAN UPDATE 07

JESSE BLIGH STRIKES A BLOW

TO HIS COMPETITION 08

STAFF SPOTLIGHT 08

PARTNERSHIP WITH LENDLEASE 09

SORRY BUSINESS 09

FUNERAL FUND 09

IMAGES TAKEN FROM DARKINJUNG

BARKER COLLEGE OPEN DAY


MESSAGE FROM THE

CHAIRPERSON

Welcome to the first member newsletter for 2016 and welcome to our new

and improved look.

I hope you all enjoyed some time off over the Christmas break to unwind

and relax with loved ones and are ready for what the New Year has in

store.

Darkinjung has certainly hit the ground running in 2016.

We were thrilled to see the start of the school year and the opening of the

brand new Darkinjung Barker College at Yarramalong. Twenty five eagerly

awaiting students laced up their shoes and grabbed their pencil cases and

backpacks in preparation for their first day at the new campus.

The new school is a partnership between Darkinjung and Barker College

– a Sydney-based private school – and will see students benefit from a

fantastic educational environment right here on the Central Coast.

The New Year has also brought with it the completion of our wonderful

artwork project at Terrigal – the Painting of the Hoardings. The final

artwork was installed in early February and is the culmination of over two

years’ work. This project has been an exciting celebration of Indigenous art,

culture and heritage and we are incredibly proud to be able to bring this to

the Central Coast community.

Darkinjung continues to offer opportunities for the growth and

development of our young community members during 2016, with the

introduction of a school-based traineeship with the Commonwealth Bank.

Seven year 11 students recently started their two-year traineeship and will

undertake their Certificate II in Business Services.

Looking to the future, we are working on updating our Community

Land Business Plan for a further three years. Developing an innovative

and sustainable plan for the Land Council is crucial to the success of

Darkinjung and allows us to continue to achieve our goals and targets.

Finally, we look forward to bringing you some fantastic events this

year including the annual NAIDOC Week celebrations which is always a

favourite amongst our members. To stay updated on what is happening at

Darkinjung please keep an eye on our Facebook page.

I look forward to another successful year for Darkinjung and our

community.

Tina West

Chairperson

1


PAINTING OF THE HOARDINGS

FINAL STAGE OF OUTDOOR ART EXHIBITION COMPLETED

“It is a great way to share

the Indigenous history

and culture of our region

with the non-Indigenous

community through

this art and we hope it

is something that many

people can enjoy for

years to come.”

Earlier this year Darkinjung had the pleasure of

announcing the completion of the Painting of

the Hoardings project at Terrigal.

The project has seen the transformation of the

concrete hoardings that line the footpath at

Terrigal into a spectacular permanent outdoor

Indigenous art exhibition that demonstrates the

culturally diverse history of the Central Coast.

The final artworks of Stage Two were installed

during the first week of February and showcase

the fantastic talent of young high school

students from Terrigal High School, Erina High

School, Gosford High School and Henry Kendall

High School.

The unveiling of the outdoor art exhibition

sees the culmination of a two year partnership

between Darkinjung, Gosford City Council and a

number of local primary and high schools in the

Gosford Local Government Area.

Darkinjung Chief Executive Officer Sean Gordon

said, “It is very rewarding to see the last piece

of this puzzle come to life and to see the final

product of years of hard work.

“When we commenced this project in mid-

2014 we could never have imagined just how

amazing the artwork would be or how much

positive feedback we would get from the local

community.

“The artwork that has been produced, not only

by the Indigenous artists for Stage One, but also

the high school students in Stage Two is just

phenomenal. If you haven’t already been down

to see the exhibition, I would highly recommend

you make time to do so,” concluded Sean.

Darkinjung Chairperson Tina West commended

the efforts of everyone involved and

commented on the success of the project.

“We are very proud of this project and sincerely

thank everyone who helped bring it to life.

“It is a great way to share the Indigenous

history and culture of our region with the non-

Indigenous community through this art and

we hope it is something that many people can

enjoy for years to come,” finished Tina.

The Painting of the Hoardings project runs from

the roundabout at the corner of Terrigal Drive

and Ocean View Drive, along the footpath and

into Terrigal. It continues up the hill in front of

Crowne Plaza and finishes at the entrance to

The Haven.

2


NAIDOC WEEK CELEBRATIONS

NAIDOC Week is a time for all of us to come

together and celebrate the actions and

accomplishments, not only of Darkinjung

as a Land Council but also the Indigenous

community as a whole.

NAIDOC Week will be held from Sunday 3 July

– Sunday 10 July this year, with Darkinjung

hosting a number of activities for our members

and local community to enjoy.

The theme for NAIDOC Week 2016 is Songlines

– The living narrative of our nation and will

highlight the importance of Songlines to the

existence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

people.

Being the oldest living narrative of Indigenous

nations, The National NAIDOC Committee

has encourages us to explore and celebrate

how, through Songlines, Aboriginal and Torres

Strait Islander people remain connected to

Country and have been able to maintain and

share sacred stories and ceremonies for tens of

thousands of years.

As in previous years, Darkinjung will hold

a number of events throughout the week

including a Golf Day and Family Fun Day which

will have plenty of activities to keep the whole

family entertained.

Darkinjung Chief Executive Officer Sean Gordon

said, “NAIDOC Week celebrations would have

to be one of my favourite times of the year.

It’s so great to see everyone come together

to acknowledge the contribution Indigenous

people make to our community.

“Our members play an integral part in the

majority of Darkinjung’s projects and this is a

great opportunity for us to show our gratitude

for this.

“We look forward to hosting some fantastic

events for everyone to enjoy,” concluded Sean.

DARKINJUNG BARKER COLLEGE – OPENS ITS DOORS

In continuing with the Land Council’s

commitment to ensuring community growth

and development, Darkinjung was thrilled to

celebrate the opening of Darkinjung Barker

College at Yarramalong during January.

The recently opened school is an exciting new

joint venture with Sydney-based private school

Barker College. The new campus will cater for

Kindergarten to Year 6 students and is modelled

on the successful Gawura School that operates

at Central Sydney’s St Andrews Cathedral School

in conjunction with the Redfern community.

Commenting on the opening of the school,

Darkinjung Chairperson Tina West said, “We see

the venture as a rare opportunity to directly

take steps to close the gap in educational

opportunities for Aboriginal people on the

Central Coast.

“We are so excited to have our very first group

of students start their schooling year at the

campus in 2016. We are thrilled to be able

to offer a new school environment for these

25 Indigenous children and look forward to

welcoming even more students in the years to

come,” added Tina.

Darkinjung will be heavily involved with the

new campus, allowing the children to learn

about culture and heritage and the importance

of cultural identity and being proud of their

Aboriginal heritage.

“The new campus has provided a significant

boost in employment opportunities for our

Indigenous community. In addition, our

students and staff will enjoy great amenities

and benefit from a nurturing, educational and

cultural environment,” continued Tina.

“We are ecstatic with the number of enrolments

for 2016, we hope our new students have a

great first year and we look forward to many

more wonderful years to come,” Tina concluded.

“The new campus will

provide a significant

boost in employment

opportunities for our

Indigenous community.”

3


NAIDOC FAMILY FUN DAY

Come along and join Darkinjung and its members

for our Family Fun Day to celebrate NAIDOC Week.

There will be

games & activities

for all ages, as

well as our

annual netball

competition.

DATE

TIME

Wednesday 6 July

9am – 2pm

LOCATION Baker Park, Wyong

CONTACT

Registration for netball closes Friday 17 June.

Please contact Jodi Shannon at Darkinjung on 02 4351 2930

or j.shannon@dlalc.org.au to register.

4


NAIDOC GOLF DAY

Come along and join Darkinjung and its members

for our Golf Day to celebrate NAIDOC Week.

Registration

includes: Round of

golf, breakfast,

lunch, players shirt,

cap & green fees.

DATE

TIME

Friday 8 July

Breakfast from 6am – Tee off at 7am

LOCATION Wyong Golf Club

TEAMS

Four person ambrose

COST $50.00 per adult or $25.00 for children under 16

RSVP

Registration and payment is due by Friday 17 June to Jodi Shannon at

Darkinjung – 02 4351 2930 or j.shannon@dlalc.org.au

If you would like to book a golf cart please contact Wyong Golf Club on 02 4352 1511.

5


DARKINJUNG’S SCHOOL-BASED INDIGENOUS

TRAINEESHIP PROGRAM WITH COMMONWEALTH

BANK AN ENORMOUS SUCCESS

As you are all aware, Darkinjung is committed

to helping develop our future generations

through the provision of training and education

programs and partnerships.

In doing so, Darkinjung partnered with the

Commonwealth Bank late last year to offer an

Indigenous school-based traineeship program

to Indigenous students in our community. We

are thrilled to announce that seven students

commenced their placement in various

Commonwealth Bank branches across the

Central Coast at the end of March.

These students, who are currently in Year 11, will

now earn their Certificate II in Business Services

whilst trying out a new career and getting

important on-the-job experience.

Darkinjung CEO Sean Gordon said, “There was

a remarkable response from students in the

local community about this program. We had a

number of people get in touch with us just days

after advertising the traineeship.

“I was very impressed with the eagerness of

these young students. It’s great to see so many

kids from our community wanting to further

their education and develop their skills,” added

Sean.

Kane, Joel, Natalie, Khadija, Dylan, Brad and

Rikki have each been assigned a Commonwealth

Bank branch where they will undertake the twoyear

school based traineeship.

Darkinjung would like to thank everyone

involved in bringing this program to life. Thank

you to the Commonwealth Bank branches

who have taken on these trainees - Lake

Haven, Morisset, Toukley, Tuggerah, Woy Woy,

Bateau Bay and Gosford. Thank you to our

partners - Aboriginal Learning Circle, Wyong

TAFE, Aboriginal Employment Strategy, the

Department of Education and of course all the

schools involved.

“We look forward to congratulating the

students upon the completion of their course

and wish them all the very best in their future

work endeavours,” concluded Sean.

It’s great to see so many

kids from our community

wanting to further their

education and develop

their skills through this

program.”

6


MY LE,NONET INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE

EXPERIENCE BY CRISTAL WALTERS

I have just returned as the first LE,NONET

International Exchange student from The

Wollotuka Institute at the University of

Newcastle.

This exchange allowed me to work closely

with fellow native students, The First Nations.

I completed my semester at the University of

Victoria on Vancouver Island, Canada and as

part of this exchanged I worked first hand with

elders and learnt about the similarities between

both our cultures.

There is no textbook you can read that will

teach you the knowledge that they had shared

whilst working in community. I have never been

on my Country so for me to work and teach on

Sartlip Reserve was such an honour.

At the University of Victoria ‘The First Peoples

House’ is their Aboriginal organisation similar

to Wollotuka. The campus is based on the

land of the Lekwungen, Coastal and Strait

Salish peoples. They have a group of young,

passionate leaders named ‘The Campus Cousins’

with whom I worked incredibly closely with.

Many of these students are undertaking

Political Science degrees. They taught me how

to make their native arts such as moccasins,

beaded earrings and how to play and sing on

the drum. During these activities we were able

to share our knowledge on the similarities of

our lifestyles and cultures.

I would love to see a program like this

implemented on the Central Coast. The

program was such a success that they will

now allow for another student to take part in

September 2016.

I would like to thank Darkinjung for supporting

me through their sponsorship of my exchange

as I wouldn’t have been able to meet these

wonderful people or go on the trip without

their help.

The photo above was a painting I gave to the elders as gift

of honour – it was painted by my uncle Dal Walters.

2016 – 2019 COMMUNITY LAND

BUSINESS PLAN UPDATE

The end of 2015 saw Darkinjung reach many

milestones and achieve a number of goals and

targets. As we move further into 2016 we are

working towards the development of a new

Community Land Business Plan continuing on

from the plan implemented for 2012 -2015.

This 2016-2019 Community Land and

Business Plan will build on Darkinjung’s

achievements as a Land Council over the past

three years.

It continues the direction set in the previous

Plan where we have improved our governance

and operational functions, enhanced our

profile within the business sector, extended our

leadership at both a regional, state and national

level, fostered strong partnerships with our

Aboriginal community and organisations, and

secured a financially strong organisation.

Darkinjung can be proud of what the

organisation has achieved through the

commitment and efforts of its members, Board

and staff.

The 2016 - 2019 Community Land and Business

Plan advances and refines the past versions

and reflects the needs of our members and our

strategic priorities.

As this plan is currently under development

we hope to present a completed plan to our

members and community in the coming months.

7


JESSE BLIGH STRIKES A BLOW TO HIS COMPETITION

Jesse Bligh has been able to fulfil his dream of

being successful at the National tournament

level, winning a bronze medal and qualifying

to represent Australia at the GKR Karate World

Championship in 2017. Competing in the 18 to

34 years age division.

The tournament was of very high standard with

representatives from all states and territories as

well as a New Zealand team. The experience of

competing in a highly distinguished tournament

has helped Jesse broaden his discipline and

character, on and off the field, which is

invaluable to his future endeavours.

Without the support of sponsorship from

Darkinjung, Jesse would have found it much

more difficult to reach his goals.

Jesse pictured middle

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Ky Knight

Ky is one of our newest staff members here at

Darkinjung and we look forward to you seeing

his friendly face around our office or at one of

our events.

Ky was born and raised on the Central Coast and

he comes to Darkinjung to start his first job as

a School Based Aboriginal Trainee – Culture and

Heritage Officer. Ky says he was interested in

working at Darkinjung because he wanted to get

to know more about Aboriginal sites and culture.

On the weekend Ky likes to hang out with his

friends and go to the beach.

Welcome to the Darkinjung family Ky!

Bella Webb

Along with Ky, we have another wonderful

new staff member – Bella Webb.

Bella was born in Sydney but now lives on

the Central Coast. This is Bella’s first real

job and she has joined the Darkinjung team

as the Event Management School Based

Aboriginal Trainee.

Bella says this is a great opportunity to get

hands on experience. In her spare time Bella

likes to play the guitar, go shopping or to the

beach and she likes the movies and sleep.

Welcome to the Darkinjung family

Ky and Bella!

8


LENDLEASE PARTNERS WITH DARKINJUNG TO

CREATE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Darkinjung is proud to be working with

LendLease to create employment opportunities

for local Indigenous workers and organisations

in our community. LendLease has been

active in employing Indigenous workers and

organisations on projects, most notably, the

multi-million dollar redevelopment works at

Gosford Hospital.

Darkinjung has partnered with LendLease

and the state government on the Gosford

Hospital project, with a view to generating

30 Indigenous jobs based in Gosford over the

coming three years. This is another huge step

forward in promoting opportunities for career

development and job security for our local

Indigenous workers.

SORRY BUSINESS

We pay our respects to members who have recently passed away, Margaret Watman and Michelle Williams.

Our thoughts and best wishes go out to both Margaret and Michelle’s friends and family.

Have you thought about joining Darkinjung’s

Funeral Fund?

The Darkinjung Funeral Fund provides

members, their spouses and dependants with

an affordable funeral service. Paying a small

contribution towards your Funeral Fund allows

peace of mind, that expenses will be covered

at the time of death. This reduces the financial

burden on family and friends already coping

with the loss of a loved one when you pass

away.

For as little as $3.50 per week for an adult and

$0.50 per week for a child, the Funeral Fund

plans are flexible to meet the needs of each

member.

So far in 2016 we have had 11 new members

join. Contact the Darkinjung office today on 02

4351 2930 to find out more information or to

request an application form.

9


DLALC Office Staff:

Chief Executive Officer:

Sean Gordon

Executive Assistant/

Community Engagement Officer:

Jodi Shannon

Finance Officer:

Adam Shields

Finance and Administration Manager:

Melinda Watson

Planning and Development Manager:

Lynne Hamilton

Project Officers:

Cara Lake, Feona Sales & Brooke Harb

Project Officers Culture & Heritage:

Sharon Hodgetts & Lee Davison

Receptionist:

Amanda Shields

Health Safety & Environment Officer:

Kevin Johnson

School Based Trainees

Ky Knight - Culture & Heritage

Bella Webb - Event Management

Jason West - Health Safety & Environment

Bus Driver:

Ian Benton

DLALC Business Contacts

Bungree Aboriginal Association

Community Services

P: 02 4350–0100

Central Coast AECG

E: ccaecg@hotmail.com

Yerin Aboriginal Health Service Inc

P: 02 4351-1040

Gibalee – University

Education Services

P: 02 4349-4500

A: University of Newcastle -

Brush Road Ourimbah NSW

Mingaletta

Community Services

P: 02 4351-7515

Central Coast Aboriginal Mens Group

P: 0413-338-440

NAISDA Dance College

P: 02 4340-3100

A: 31 The Avenue Mt Penang Parklands

Kariong NSW 2250

Clr Roy Ah-See

NSW ALC Syd/Newcastle

P: 02 4353-5536

NSW ALC Eastern Zone

P: 02 4337-4700

A: PO Box 670

Gosford NSW 2250

Bara Barang Corporation Ltd

Youth and Community Services

T: 4346-1152

E: denise@barabarang.com.au

W: www.barabarang.com.au

168 Pacific Highway Watanobbi NSW 2259

PO Box 401 Wyong NSW 2259

Phone 02 4351 2930 Fax 02 4351 2946

www.darkinjung.com.au

NEW ADDITION TO THE

DARKINJUNG FAMILY

Congratulations to Katarina Sales on the birth of her beautiful baby girl,

Adele-Eva Alise Sales Buckley, on the 28th March 2016.

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