Pro­gram link leads to world fo­rum

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A SO­CIAL en­ter­prise learn­ing and de­vel­op­ment pro­gram held in Beech­worth for par­tic­i­pants in­volved in the Thamar­rurr Youth In­dige­nous Cor­po­ra­tion (TYIC) has led to an op­por­tu­nity to at­tend a world fo­rum and ru­ral and re­mote so­cial en­ter­prise sym­po­sium in the UK.

Dal­las Mu­garra and Leon Kinthari from the re­mote North­ern Ter­ri­tory com­mu­nity of Wad­eye and TYIC em­ploy­ment and train­ing man­ager Re­becca Craw­ley will join Aus­tralian Cen­tre for Ru­ral En­trepreneur­ship (ACRE) chief ex­ec­u­tive Matt Pfahlert and other Aus­tralian del­e­gates in Scot­land this month.

The first- time sym­po­sium is part of the So­cial En­ter­prise World Fo­rum in Scot­land, now in its 10th year.

Mr Pfahlert said it was an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity for the three to par­tic­i­pate in the sym­po­sium where ru­ral and re­mote so­cial en­ter­prises will be the fo­cus and be ad­dressed by global pol­icy mak­ers and prac­ti­tion­ers.

Thamar­rurr Youth In­dige­nous Cor­po­ra­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Justin Craw­ley said the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend the world fo­rum arose af­ter ACRE was en­gaged for the two-day course in lead­er­ship and so­cial en­ter­prise train­ing.

Mr Craw­ley said the so­cial en­ter­prise work­shop for cor­po­ra­tion par­tic­i­pants pre­sented in English was then trans­lated into Mur­rinh-patha, the lin­gua franca of the Wad­eye com­mu­nity.

“All par­tic­i­pants re­ceived max­i­mum ben­e­fit from the work­shop and we were not re­stricted by a lack of English knowl­edge,” he said.

“The Wad­eye com­mu­nity where our par­tic­i­pants come from, have iden­ti­fied so­cial en­ter­prises as a way to es­cape the shack­les of gen­er­a­tional wel­fare de­pen­dency.”

Mr Craw­ley and his wife Re­becca have been as­so­ci­ated with the Wad­eye com­mu­nity for 15 years.

They founded the Thamar­rurr Youth In­dige­nous Cor­po­ra­tion - an or­gan­i­sa­tion that helps im­prove the lives of in­dige­nous peo­ple and de­velop fu­ture lead­ers in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory’s Thamar­rurr re­gion and through Bright’s Dumu Bal­cony Café are able to give in­dige­nous youth a path­way to learn hospi­tal­ity and re­tail skills too.

Mr Pfahlert said the cou­ple’s work aligned with best prac­tice around the world that sup­ported in­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties.

“Their work is world class where young peo­ple are learn­ing in two worlds - liv­ing in Wad­eye, and Bright where they can work and learn in a sup­port­ive and trusted en­vi­ron­ment,” he said.

In Scot­land, Mr Pfahlert said Dal­las, Leon and Re­becca will meet a

THE Vic­to­rian Govern­ment will give com­mu­ni­ties a voice to com­mem­o­rate 10 years since the Black Satur­day Bush­fires in their own way, with $4.4 mil­lion fund­ing to be pro­vided for an­niver­sary ac­tiv­i­ties.

The cat­a­strophic 2009 bush­fires dev­as­tated the state, with 173 peo­ple los­ing their lives in the tragedy in­clud­ing Mudge­gonga hus­band and num­ber of world prac­ti­tion­ers from places like Canada who are work­ing with First Na­tions com­mu­ni­ties, and be able to build a global sup­port net­work from at­tend­ing the sym­po­sium.

Re­becca said the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend the world fo­rum and chat to peo­ple who have helped trans­form their com­mu­ni­ties through so­cial en­ter­prises was a great op­por­tu­nity for Dal­las and Leon.

“It is an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity to be able to net­work and learn from other peo­ple from around the world who have sim­i­lar as­pi­ra­tions,” she said.

“At the sym­po­sium we will have the op­por­tu­nity to meet with other peo­ple work­ing in ru­ral and re­mote locations, be able to share our jour­neys and help each other with our fu­ture path­ways.”

Dal­las, who works an in­dige­nous lan­guage as­sis­tant at the Bright P-12 Col­lege three days a week since 2016 has started his own aboriginal cast­ing agency for films and TV ad­ver­tise­ments called Kardu Pu­menth.

Mean­while, Leon who has two chil­dren in the Bright pro­gram is pur­su­ing so­cial en­ter­prise op­por­tu­ni­ties in Wad­eye. wife John and Sue Wil­son.

Many more were in­jured and lost their homes, with the mem­o­ries of the events still im­pact­ing com­mu­ni­ties to this day.

The fund­ing will sup­port a state me­mo­rial ser­vice and a grants pro­gram for lo­cal com­mu­nity com­mem­o­ra­tion and cre­ative arts projects.

A range of men­tal health and psy­cho­log­i­cal ser­vices and sup­ports through­out the com­mem­o­ra­tion pe­riod will also be pro­vided.

It will also be an op­por­tu­nity to ac­knowl­edge the first re­spon­ders who bravely served their com­mu­nity dur­ing the catas­tro­phe.

More in­for­ma­tion about the 10 year an­niver­sary in­clud­ing grants pro­grams, and de­tails of the State Me­mo­rial Ser­vice can be found at au/2009-bush­fires.

CUL­TURAL EX­CHANGE: Thamar­rurr Youth In­dige­nous Cor­po­ra­tion’s Re­becca Craw­ley, Marri Amu el­der and artist An­thony Ne­mar­luk (se­cond left) and Wad­eye’s Dal­las Mu­garra and Leon Kinthari caught up with ACRE’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Matt Pfahlert (se­cond right) on a re­cent visit to Beech­worth.

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