The Approach and Plans
The NSW Coalition of Aboriginal
Regional Alliances have
come to refer to the co-design process as “weaving knowledges”, likening it to the weaving undertaken by First Nations in NSW over thousands
of years. Peta-Joy Williams, a Wiradjuri woman born in Sydney, has represented this weaving knowledges in a woven object, Maradhal Waybarra
(Past Woven). The weaving of Maradhal Waybarra, shown at the top of this page, has become the symbol of this three year evaluation cycle. In
weaving Maradhal Waybarra Peta-Joy reflected:
“I started weaving with Raffia slowly weaving in a small bit of Gymea Lily leaf. This stage is representative of non-Aboriginal people
telling Aboriginal people what they want or how they have to be to get it. It’s about control. As the basket grows bigger across the base I
started to use more and more of the Gymea Lily so it’s sort of us taking precedence, the Voice of Aboriginal people is starting to get
louder. As the sides start to build up I introduced Lomandra - our voices are starting to be heard and the basket is starting to grow
upwards, at this stage it is Lomandra that holds the object together. I added the Dinawan (Emu) feathers on top to represent our ancestors
and knowledge keepers, who would dance in feathers and share of the knowledge. Our knowledge is held within these feathers which will
protect what we put inside the object.”
Maradhal Waybarra and its’ meaning can be found here.
The evaluation process
The evaluation process for the next three years is shown below with each stage co-designed and co-produced.
The evaluation has commenced with a Blueprint that spells out the overall purpose of the evaluation, what it will focus on, and how it will
proceed. The blueprint provides the starting point for Aboriginal community members, public servants and others interested in continuing the
conversation about the particular LDM to come together to negotiate, exchange, co-design and co-produce local processes and plans with the independent
evaluation team at
the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at the Australian National University so that the evaluation delivers what is needed.