Building Bridges 2012

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Building Bridges provides an opportunity to come and hear Indigenous (and a few non-Indigenous) presenters sharing their knowledge,expertise and personal and community experience in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. Many people have never met an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian. Here’s your chance to meet them over a cuppa and discover that there’s more to Indigenous society and culture than is often negatively portrayed in the media.

While the Federal Government’s 2008 Apology was seen as overwhelmingly positive, the Northern Territory Intervention was not, and by the time you read this, legislation may have been passed extending it by ten years.

Many Indigenous Australians still experience unemployment, poor health, deplorable housing, poor education, violence and imprisonment at levels that would not be tolerated by other Australians. Many Indigenous people are
working tirelessly to address the problems. They are calling on the government and all of us to work with them to achieve justice and reconciliation.

Registration & Catering

While registration is not essential we encourage you to register (no charge) with the Parramatta Evening College on 9687 2072 since this helps us with catering needs. Otherwise just turn up when you can.

A donation on the night would be appreciated to help cover costs of hall hire and publicity.

Parramatta Council’s on-going support for Building Bridges is greatly appreciated.


The Jubilee Room, Parramatta Town Hall
182 Church Street Mall
The entrance to the Jubilee room is opposite St John’s Cathedral – on the left side of the Town Hall building (when you are facing the building).

Parking: Council car park behind Town Hall and Library
Enter from Macquarie St., turn left at Post Office.
$1 per hour.

By Train:
The venue is about 5 minutes walk from Parramatta Station.


The sessions commence at 7.30 pm and finish around 9.30 with a break for supper in between the two presenters. Both presenters will engage in dialogue with the participants and are open to your questions.

1 Aug

Ray Jackson
Paul Pholeros
Where to for Reconciliation?
Aboriginal Housing: Needs, Rights & Practicals
8 Aug Graeme Mundine
Peter Radoll
Stronger Futures?
Pathways to Education for Indigenous People
15 Aug * Sarah MaddisonTerry Chenery Constitutional Recognition of ATSI People
Campaign for Referendum –
Legal and Strategic Considerations
22 Aug Aunty Daphne & Sue Gillett
Shirley Blacklaws
NT Intervention & Income Management
What Works & Doesn’t in Urban Communities
29 Aug Carol Barton
Lily Shearer
Closing the Gap and Electoral Participation
Growing Indigenous Voices for Information and Culture

* On 15 Aug Julie Welsh and women from the MIYAY dance group (including a 6-month old baby) will be performing at the beginning of the session

Owing to circumstances beyond the control of Building Bridges, such as illness, this list may change without notice.


The presenters:

Ray Jackson
was stolen from his Aboriginal mother & fostered out. Founding member of the Indigenous Social Justice Association, Ray has had three decades of of exposing issues and failures in the criminal justice system.

Paul Pholeros
is an architect & director of Health Habitat. Housing for Health projects aim to improve the health of people, particularly children 0-5 years of age, by ensuring they have safe and well-functioning housing.

Graeme Mundine
is a Bundjalung man & former Marist Brother. He was founding chair of NATSICC (Cath. Council) & NATSIEC
(Ecumenical Commission). Inspired by Pope John Paul’s 1986 peech, he is a strong advocate for ATSI justice.

Peter Radoll
is from the Anaiwan People, Northern Tablelands, NSW. His PhD research examined the adoption & effectiveness of
communication technologies in Indigenous communities and works at the Indigenous Education Centre at the ANU in Canberra.

Sarah Maddison,
associate professor at UNSW, is involved with Pat Dodson & Ian Katz investigating the use of evidence in Indigenous policy. She was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2009 o study International Indigenous representation.

Aunty Sandra Lee
is a proud Darug woman & is on the Darug Tribal Aboriginal Corporation (DTAC) Board. She provides support to researchers, archaeologists and councils to ensure compliance with heritage regulations.

Terry Chenery
is an Anaiwan man born in Awabakal land. He is vice president of the Indigenous Lawyers & Law Students Association of NSW & Executive Officer for the Aboriginal Justice Advisory Council.

Aunty Daphne Lake & Sue Gillett
are Wiradjuri women from Dubbo NSW who are committed to the struggle for justice. They are members of Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney and opposed to Income Management.

Shirley Blacklaws
has a BA in Adult Education & Community Management & and networked with schools & families in Western Sydney to improve education & help the disadvantaged. She now works with the Western Sydney Community Forum.

Carol Barton’s
background derives from her Aboriginal mother & Hungarian father. Currently an Australian Electoral Commission Indigenous Electoral Field Officer, she is working to increase electoral participation.

Lily Shearer
is a Muruwaroi woman with academic degrees from two universities. Her expertise is in dance, heritage, culture, theatre, youth work & Koori Radio. She is currently the GM of Gadigal Information Services


For further information about the seminars ring Lyn on 9639 8394 or Tom on 0425 250 360.