A regional aboriginal group is seeking funding to establish a “community place” in Umina for young aboriginal people.
The Barang Regional Alliance had approached government departments on behalf of the Gudjagang Ngara Li-dhi Aboriginal Corporation “to secure investment in the proposed Umina community place”, according to corporation manager Ms Simone Hudson. “Gudjagang Ngara Li-dhi is from the Darkinjung local Aboriginal language, meaning listen to the children, and that’s exactly what we have been doing since our inception in 2013,” said Ms Hudson.
“Our youth are our priority and it’s their request to address education, legal, social and economic issues underpinned by a strong connection to aboriginal culture.” Umina had been identified as the best location for a community place on the Peninsula. “We are talking up these needs to all levels of Government and the private sector, seeking funding,” Ms Hudson said.
Under guidance from Gudjagang Ngara Li-dhi, an aboriginal youth group has formed and is named Barudir, which means butterfly in Darkinjung language. Ms Hudson said Barang was working with Mingaletta Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation to help see the Umina project realised.
SOURCE: Media release, 20 Nov 2018 Caitlin Vine, Brilliant Logic
This article appeared first in The Peninsula News print edition December 3, 2018