White Ribbon Event in Rocky on the 25th Nov 2016

Helem Yumba raises awareness by hosting a White Ribbon fundraiser

Helem Yumba of Rockhampton has organised an event to help raise awareness and much needed funds to support White Ribbon Australia’s work to end men’s violence against women. We are also seeking donations to support primary prevention initiatives in schools, workplaces and the broader community.

Helem Yumba are hosting a White Ribbon fundraiser event at Rigarlsford Park Rockhampton. Helem Yumba have invited community organisations to display and hand out information on their services where people can seek help and also have guest speakers throughout the day.

This event is a free community BBQ which will be held at the Rigarlsford Park Elphinstone Street Rockhampton from 11am – 2PM on the 25th November 2016.

“Violence against women is at epidemic proportions. Devastatingly, over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week in Australia as a result of intimate partner violence,” Helem Yumba said.

“Violence against women is never a private issue. We are holding this event to help break the silence around violence, to raise awareness of the issue as well as seeking donations to support work to bring violence against women to an end.

We want people to know that violence against women is unacceptable, it is never the victim’s fault, help is always available and if you see something you should definitely say something. People need to know that they can make a difference; bringing an end to men’s violence against women will take a whole of community approach.”

If you are experiencing violence or suspect someone else is, please contact 1800 RESPECT for advice and support. In an emergency, call the police on 000.

For media enquiries, please contact: Helem Yumba on 07 4931 8600 or FREE CALL: 1800 776 727


2017 NAIDOC Theme and Dates 2-9 July 2017


2017 NAIDOC Week theme announced – Our Languages Matter

The importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages will be the focus of national celebrations marking NAIDOC Week 2017.

The 2017 theme – Our Languages Matter – aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in both cultural identity, linking people to their land and water, and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.

Some 250 distinct Indigenous language groups covered the continent at first (significant) European contact in the late eighteenth century. Most of these languages would have had several dialects, so that the total number of named varieties would have run to many hundreds.

Today only around 120 of those languages are still spoken and many are at risk of being lost as Elders pass on.

National NAIDOC Committee Co-Chair Anne Martin said languages are the breath of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the theme will raise awareness of the status and importance of Indigenous languages across the country.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait languages are not just a means of communication, they express knowledge about everything:  law, geography, history, family and human relationships, philosophy, religion, anatomy, childcare, health, caring for country, astronomy, biology and food.

“Each language is associated with an area of land and has a deep spiritual significance and it is through their own languages, that Indigenous nations maintain their connection with their ancestors, land and law,” Ms. Martin said.

Committee Co-Chair Benjamin Mitchell hopes that the theme will shine a spotlight on the programs and community groups working to preserve, revitalise or record Indigenous languages, and encourage all Australians to notice the use of Indigenous languages in their community.

“There is currently a wave of activity, with people in many communities working to learn more about their language, and to ensure they are passed on to the next generation before it is too late.’ Mr. Mitchell said.

“Nationally, many place names for our suburbs, rivers, mountains and parks are Indigenous language words. Noticing and paying attention to these words will generate greater appreciation and respect for the significance of language among all Australians.

“The preservation and revitalisation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages – the original languages of this nation – is the preservation of priceless treasure, not just for Indigenous peoples, but for everyone.”

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are encouraged to start working on entries for the National NAIDOC Poster Competition that reflects the 2017 theme. The winning entry will be awarded a $5000 cash prize and will be recognised across the country on the 2017 National NAIDOC poster.

The Competition is open now and will close – 5:00pm (AEST) Monday 20 March 2017.

The National NAIDOC Committee also encourages people to acknowledge the contributions and talents of outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals by nominating them for a 2017 National NAIDOC Award. There are ten categories covering the fields of art, education and training, sport, environment and leadership.

Award winners will be honoured during NAIDOC Week at the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony in Cairns on Saturday 1 July 2017.

Nominations are open now and will close – 5:00pm (AEST) Monday 17 April 2017.

NAIDOC Week 2017 will run nationally from 2-9 July and is an occasion for all Australians to come together to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – the oldest continuing cultures on the planet.

For more information including competition and nomination forms and ideas on how to celebrate, visit www.naidoc.org.au

Funding available to plan Queensland’s fit future

Treasurer, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Minister for Sport
The Honourable Curtis Pitt

Funding available to plan Queensland’s fit future

One million dollars in funding will be available each year to fund sport and recreation planning studies around Queensland, with the first round opening on 10 November 2016.

Treasurer and Minister for Sport Curtis Pitt said the Palaszczuk Government wanted to better understand the recreation habits of Queenslanders to ensure this is the healthiest and happiest state in Australia.

“The program will provide grants of up to $100,000 to Queensland’s state sport and recreation organisations, local governments and other peak bodies, to undertake valuable new research,” Mr Pitt said.

“These studies will collect and analyse information to ensure local sport and recreation needs are accurately identified so that infrastructure can be developed to meet those unique local needs.

“The Sport and Recreation Planning Program will help us gain a better understanding of sport and recreation infrastructure use in different areas of the state.”

As an outcome of the funding, organisations will have quality planning documents which will support their ability to more effectively identify and prioritise the provision of infrastructure in the short, medium and long-term.

“This information will form an extensive knowledge base to help shape the development of upcoming Queensland Government sport and recreation funding initiatives to best meet the needs of the community,” Mr Pitt said.

“As a government, this information will help us allocate resources for investing and maintaining sport and recreation infrastructure.

“Queenslanders are increasingly recognising the benefits to their quality of life from participating in recreation and sport.

“As a government we want to encourage and support as many Queenslanders as possible to get active for a healthy lifestyle.

“By arming ourselves with the best possible information, we are better placed to support this outcome in the future.”

For more information about the Sport and Recreation Planning Program visit https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/grants-funding

 Media contact: 0419 945 546

Stolen Wages Case

I am one of the barristers working on the Stolen Wages Case. I am aboriginal myself and grew up in Mount Isa and Rockhampton.

The case was started in the Federal Court of Australia in September.

Part of my role is to meet with people in the community and inform them about the case and how to become involved.

The case is likely to be rolled out across a number of States and Territories. At this stage, we are focusing on Queensland and it is my responsibility to meet with people in the Central Queensland and Mount Isa regions.

It is a class action which means that Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander who were effected by the stolen wages policies are entitled to be a part of the claim.

People may be able to join the claim if:

  1. they identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; and
  2. they worked before 1980; or
  3. they had an immediate family member, who has passed away, work between 1890 (over 100 years ago) and 1980.

The case is different to the reparations scheme run by the Qld Government.

I will be holding an information session in Rockhampton on 10 November from 10am, at the All Blacks Sports on Lakes Creek Road.

I will then be returning to Rockhampton on 1 December  to assist people with signing up for the claim.

I would like to discuss the case with someone from FBEC. So that we can ensure the word gets out to people.

Would you please forward the email amongst your networks and also let people know who may be affected.

For people who are attending or would like more information you can contact me on 07 3012 8385 or 0405 646 298. You can also call the Stolen Wages Hotline on 07 4041 1641.

Joshua Creamer
Level 18, 239 George Street Brisbane, Qld, 4000

P: (07) 3012 8385 F: (07) 3210 0648 M: 0405 646 298 E: jcreamer@qldbar.asn.au

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Community Practitioner Rockhampton Anglicare

Community Practitioner


Fixed term to 23/12/2016 – Part time 48hrs per fortnight

The Family Support Community Practitioner will work from a strengths based framework to focus on the safety and wellbeing of children and young people through the use of prevention and early intervention strategies. This role provides support to families to reduce harm or risk of harm to children and young people; to prevent crisis or problems in the family from arising or escalating; and to stabilise or maintain family wellbeing.

Application information including position description is available on our website atwww.anglicarecq.org.au

or contact Sharon on (07) 4837 5300, spabis@anglicarecq.org.au

Applications close:  Wednesday 2 November 2016




Upcoming Gambling and MI workshop

The first of the FREE state-wide workshops is being held on Friday 4 November from 10am-3pmin Rockhampton at the Empire Apartment Hotel.

To register for this work and find out more information about upcoming workshops visit:www.leo.org.au/gambling-workshops

Lives Lived Well runs alcohol, drug and mental health support programs across Queensland, with local services based in Rockhampton and Gladstone.

For more information about our counselling, support and outreach services call 1300 727 957 or visitwww.liveslivedwell.org.au.

These workshops are presented with Queensland Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (QNADA) and is a Queensland Government Department of Justice and Attorney-General funded project.