Building Bridges 2017


The sessions start at 7.30 pm and finish at 9.30, with a break for supper between the two sessions and a chance for informal conversations with the presenters and each other.

Aug 2 Chris Tobin
Jacinta Tobin
Aboriginal Civilisation – as revealed through objects and tools
Darug History, Story and Language – Why and how they matter to all
Aug 9 Pam Gow
Michael West
An Overview of Aboriginal Health – Challenges and Solutions
Changing the Gap in Education, Employment and Corrective Services
Aug 16 Christine Palmer
Natalie Cromb
Zac Wone
Panel Discussion, facilitated by Joanne Tuscano:
NT Juvenile Detention Inquiry, NT Intervention ten years on, and moves for Sovereignty and Treaty
Aug 23 Nicole Watson
and others
The Uluru Makarrata Statement – the long journey to it and from now on. How do we create a Future where everyone owns all of Australia’s history and culture? Group discussion with various resource people.
Aug 30 Robert Fuller and
Kirsten Banks
Lola Forester
Aboriginal Astronomy – Human place and connections in the Universe
Aboriginal people in the Media, past and current challenges and changes.


Due to renovations of the Parramatta Town
Hall, Building Bridges will be held this year
at the Reg Byrne Centre in Wentworthville,
just off Cumberland Highway.

Cnr Fyall Avenue & Darcy Road, Wentworthville

Ample parking available at the Reg Byrne Centre.

By Train:
Reg Byrne Centre is 10-15 min from Wentworthville Station:
Take the right-hand exit from the station.
Left on Wentworth St, Right on Hill St.
Left on Darcy Rd, cross Cumberland Hwy.
Follow Darcy Rd to Fyall Ave.


Registration and Catering:

We encourage you to register with the Parramatta Evening College on 9687 2072 or via their web page since this helps with preparation and catering.
You can turn up to any or better all of the sessions that build on each other.

A donation on the night would be appreciated to help cover costs.


General Information:

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

Here’s your chance to meet and learn directly from and with Aboriginal people and discover that there’s more to Indigenous society and culture than is portrayed in most media.

In recent decades some amazing changes have happened on the journey towards recognition and justice. However, many aspects of funding and compensation, Intervention, incarceration and sovereignty need discussion and deep
change to achieve a just future society for all.

It depends on us, the people, to address the causes of the gaps and stand up for what is needed for full recognition, partnership and equality. Governments won’t move unless we the people demand it.

It’s time to listen to and learn from Aboriginal people themselves and deepen the dialogue. Together we can accept and acknowledge the truth and enable dignity and healing for all.


The presenters:

Chris Tobin, a Darug man from Western Sydney, one of the traditional custodians for this part of the country. Chris is an Aboriginal Discovery Ranger with National Parks and a workshop leader.

Jacinta Tobin, a Darug woman and custodian from Western Sydney, a musician, an educator in Darug
culture and language.

Pam Gow, a Kamilaroi woman, a long term nurse with NSW Health in Western Sydney.

Michael West, a Gamilaroi man from the Moree area, with Metropolitan Land Council, a consultant
and trainer in Aboriginal cultural awareness and appropriateness of service delivery.

Joanne Tuscano, former teacher and full-time writer on Indigenous issues and co-author of Back on the Block and This is Where You Have to Go.

Christine Palmer, a respected Warlpiri elder, therapist, indigenous support worker and trainer, was a member of NT women’s advisory council and various youth justice advisory committees.

Natalie Cromb, a Gamilaroi writer and lawyer from Burra Bee Dee, connected with WSU, UTS and Koori
Mail, a passionate advocate for changing systems that subvert Indigenous rights.

Zac Wone, a Kabi-Kabi and South Sea Islander man, a Union activist and national convenor of Labor
for Treaty and First Nations Worker Alliance.

Nicole Watson, a Birri Gubba woman from Queensland, a Murri lawyer and Senior Research Officer at Sydney University’s law faculty

Robert Fuller, a PhD candidate in Aboriginal Astronomy at UNSW, a cultural astronomer doing a
study of the astronomy of the East Coast saltwater people.

Kirsten Banks, a Wiradjuri woman and astronomy educator at Sydney Observatory with a passion of
sharing the wonders of the universe and complex knowledge of Indigenous Australian Astronomy.

Lola Forester, a Yuibera woman from Qld, host of the news and current affairs program of Koori Radio (Blackchat) and commentator on relevant issues.


For more information:

Building Bridges 2017 brochure

Ring Lyn on 9639 8394  or  0421 188 770

Contact us

Join us at one of our monthly meetings.