Reconciliation Week in Kempsey - Community barbecue

Media release - 29 May 2017

The Kempsey Healing Together Committee will be marking Reconciliation Week by holding a community barbecue at Riverside Park, Kempsey on Wednesday 31 May from 11am until 2pm.

The committee is a partnership between several local Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organisations including Durri ACMS, Burrun Dalai, Benevolent Society, Kinchela Boys Home and Kempsey Shire Council. The committee work together in the spirit of reconciliation to increase understanding of intergenerational trauma and healing.

This year, National Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June) marks two significant anniversaries in Australia’s reconciliation journey - 50 years since the 1967 referendum and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision.

Earlier in the year the NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs announced Kempsey as one of six sites in NSW to host OCHRE Healing Forums in 2017.

Jo Anne Kelly, genealogist at Burrun Dalai, has played a key role in this significant project and invites the community to find out more by coming along to the barbecue.

“It will be an opportunity to have a discussion around important historical events in our community and the future directions of the committee as we prepare to host our OCHRE Healing Forum in November,” she said.

Council’s Community Projects Officer, Olivia Parker, said Reconciliation Week is about celebrating our Aboriginal history and culture and strengthening respectful relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

“As an active partner of the Healing Together Committee, we have seen some really positive outcomes through the events we have supported,” Ms Parker said.

“We would like to thank the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet for the funding we received towards National Reconciliation Week, and hope to see the community come together, join the conversation and be a part of our reconciliation journey.”

National Reconciliation Week Community BBQ poster