Bandimayiya - April 2016
DARKINJUNG BARKER COLLEGE
– OPENS ITS DOORS
CELEBRATE WITH US
THIS NAIDOC WEEK
FIRST DAY FOR
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
“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
“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
“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
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
Wednesday 6 July
9am – 2pm
LOCATION Baker Park, Wyong
Registration for netball closes Friday 17 June.
Please contact Jodi Shannon at Darkinjung on 02 4351 2930
or email@example.com to register.
NAIDOC GOLF DAY
Come along and join Darkinjung and its members
for our Golf Day to celebrate NAIDOC Week.
includes: Round of
lunch, players shirt,
cap & green fees.
Friday 8 July
Breakfast from 6am – Tee off at 7am
LOCATION Wyong Golf Club
Four person ambrose
COST $50.00 per adult or $25.00 for children under 16
Registration and payment is due by Friday 17 June to Jodi Shannon at
Darkinjung – 02 4351 2930 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to book a golf cart please contact Wyong Golf Club on 02 4352 1511.
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
The 2016 - 2019 Community Land and Business
Plan advances and refines the past versions
and reflects the needs of our members and our
As this plan is currently under development
we hope to present a completed plan to our
members and community in the coming months.
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
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
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!
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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.
DLALC Office Staff:
Chief Executive Officer:
Community Engagement Officer:
Finance and Administration Manager:
Planning and Development Manager:
Cara Lake, Feona Sales & Brooke Harb
Project Officers Culture & Heritage:
Sharon Hodgetts & Lee Davison
Health Safety & Environment Officer:
School Based Trainees
Ky Knight - Culture & Heritage
Bella Webb - Event Management
Jason West - Health Safety & Environment
DLALC Business Contacts
Bungree Aboriginal Association
P: 02 4350–0100
Central Coast AECG
Yerin Aboriginal Health Service Inc
P: 02 4351-1040
Gibalee – University
P: 02 4349-4500
A: University of Newcastle -
Brush Road Ourimbah NSW
P: 02 4351-7515
Central Coast Aboriginal Mens Group
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
168 Pacific Highway Watanobbi NSW 2259
PO Box 401 Wyong NSW 2259
Phone 02 4351 2930 Fax 02 4351 2946
NEW ADDITION TO THE
Congratulations to Katarina Sales on the birth of her beautiful baby girl,
Adele-Eva Alise Sales Buckley, on the 28th March 2016.