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Permission to continue the conversation– Tamworth Opportunity Hub
On 21 April 2016, Ilan and Priscilla from the Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW meet with members of the Tamworth Local Aboriginal Land Council who gave their permission to continue the conversation about Tamworth’s Opportunity Hub.

Priscilla Johnson (Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW), Ilan Katz (Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW), Aunty Yvonne Kent (Deputy Chair of Tamworth Local Aboriginal Land Council), and Ryan Taylor (Aboriginal Affairs).


Permission to continue the conversation – Gumbaynggirr Language and Culture Nest
On 6 May 2016, Ilan and Pricilla from the Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW meet with Elders and community members at Coffs Harbour who gave their permission to continue the conversation about the Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal Language and Culture Nest.

Back Row: Rocky Walker, Tony Perkins, John Skinner, Professor Ilan Katz
Middle Row: Penny Stadhams, Raylene Ballangarry, Priscilla Johnson, Fiona Hyland and Clark Webb
Front Row: Herb Duroux and Barry Hoskins


On 16 June 2016, IIan and Priscilla from the Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW met with Aboriginal Elders and community members from the Nambucca Valley Shire which includes Bowraville, Nambucca Heads and Macksville. The meeting was held at the Ngurrala Aboriginal Corporation in the Nambucca Valley.

Back Row: Gary Williams, Michelle Jarrett, Patricia Walker, Michael Jarrett, Priscilla Johnson, Professor IIan Katz, Lindy Moffit and Robin Bryant.
Front Row: Beryl Wilson, Kim Jarrett, Ruth Walker, Rita Ballangarry, Penny Stadhams, Lisa Ballangarry, Martin Ballangarry and Albert Wilson.


Ilan and Priscilla also met with staff at Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Culture Co-operative in Nambucca Heads.

Left to Right: Julie Long (Muurrbay Linguist and IT Support), Anna Ash (Muurrbay Regional Coordinator), Gary Williams (Muurrbay CEO), Penny Stadhams (Senior Project Officer), Ryan Taylor (Project Officer), Priscilla Johnson and Professor IIan Katz from the Social Policy Research Centre UNSW Sydney.

Muurrbay Staff along with Aboriginal Affairs GNR representatives and the Social Policy Research Centre outside Muurrbay


Designing the conversations about the Gumbayngirr Language and Culture Nest
On 16 February 2017, Ilan from the Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW met with Aboriginal Elders and community members from Coffs Harbour at the Coffs Harbour Surf Club. At the meeting people discussed the best way to continue the conversation about the Gumbaynggirr Language and Cultural and Nest and how they would judge its success.

Left to right: Uncle Barry Hoskins, Uncle Terry Donovan, Debbie Elliot, Ryan Taylor, Ilan Katz, Troy Robinson, Lexie Rumsey, Raylene Mardecai and Penny Stadhams.

On 17 February 2017, Ilan from the Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW met with Aboriginal Elders and community members from Nambucca Valley Shire, which includes Bowraville, Nambucca Heads and Macksville at the at the Nambucca Heads RSL Club. At the meeting, people discussed the best way to continue the conversation about the Gumbaynggirr Language and Cultural and Nest and how they would judge its success.

Group photo: Nambucca Valley Shire Elders and community members.


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