Building Bridges 2013

Videos and additional information from sessions of Building Bridges 2013


The sessions start at 7.30 pm and finish at 9.30 pm, with a break for supper between the two presenters. Questions are invited and there’s time during supper to engage the presenters in conversation.

7 Aug Donna Meehan
Glen Klatosvky
The Story of a Stolen Child
Kimberley Gas Hub: For and Against
14 Aug Ros Kidd
Paddy Gibson
Stolen Wages: Queensland’s Shame
NT Emergency Response/Stronger Futures
21 Aug Ray Minniecon
Megan Williams
The Kinchela Boys Home: Its legacy
Justice Re-investment for young Aborigines
28 Aug Steven Ross
Jody Broun
Helping Communities achieve their aims
Congress: The Task that lies ahead


The Jubilee Room, Parramatta Town Hall
182 Church Street Mall

The Jubilee Room is attached to the Parramatta Town Hall (opposite St John’s Cathedral). The entrance to the Jubilee Room is on the left hand side facing the Town Hall.

Metered parking is available in the loop in front of the library and in the larger area Council car park.
Between 6 pm and 10 pm the rate is$1.10 per hour.

Public Transport:
The venue is only minutes from Parramatta station.

Registration and Catering:

While registration (no cost) is not essential we encourage you to register with the Parramatta Evening College online or by phone (9687 2072) since this helps with catering needs. Otherwise just turn up to any of the sessions when you can.

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


General Information:

Building Bridges provides an opportunity to come and hear both Indigenous and non-Indigenous presenters  sharing their knowledge, expertise and personal experience in in informal and relaxed atmosphere.

Many people have never met an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian. Here’s your chance to meet them over supper 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 (the so-called Emergency Response) has created much controversy especially since it has been  extended for another 10 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 these problems. They are calling on the government and all of us to work with hem to achieve justice and reconciliation.


The presenters:

Donna Meehan
was taken from her family in the 1960s. Unlike many stolen children, who were sent to institutions, Donna was fostered by a caring white couple who encouraged her to find her natural mother. What happened next will amaze you.

Glen Klatovsky
is the National Kimberley campaigner for The Wilderness Society. Glen has been an active environmentalist for 20 years and has worked closely with Indigenous organisations and individuals across many regions.

Ros Kidd
spent years following the paper trail tracking down ‘disappeared’ money stolen from personal Aboriginal bank accounts in Queensland. It’s hard to believe that around $500 million was misappropriated by police and government officials.

Paddy Gibson
is an organiser with Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS) and has studied the impact on those in the ‘prescribed communities’. Since 2008 he has been a researcher for the UTS Jumbunna House of Learning.

Ray Minniecon
is a Kabi Kabi man with a theological degree from a WA University. Ray has worked tirelessly for many years assisting men, who as young boys, were taken to the notorious Kinchela boys Home where many were brutally treated.

Megan Williams
is a lecturer in the Muri Marra Indigenous Health Unit, School of Public Health & Community Medicine, UNSW. She has a background in health service delivery including in articipatory action & community advocacy.

Steven Ross
is Parramatta Council’s Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community Project Officer. He spent 2 years as Arts Coordinator for the Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre Deniliquin and 6 years with the Murray Lower Darling Rivers Ind. Nations.

Jody Broun,
Congress Co-Chair, is a Yindjibarndi woman from the Pilbara. She has spent 30 years in senior public service positions serving First Nations peoples including as Director General of the NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs.


For more information:

Building Bridges 2013 brochure
Ring Lyn on 9639 8394 or Tom on 0425 250 360

During the sessions books and other materials will be available for purchase.