Yarning circle at Ourimbah campus

The Glen performance at the Yarning Circle opening

 A Yarning Circle has officially been opened at the University of Newcastle, Ourimbah campus, to provide an accessible meeting space for Aboriginal communities and locals in the Central Coast’s southern suburbs.

Called nganggali ngara ngura, which in the Darkinjung language means Talking Listening Place, the Yarning Circle provides a place to talk, share, discuss, educate and have a yarn together – a place to build respectful relationships and a space to enrich students’ learning experiences.

The space represents the University’s commitment to supporting and sharing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and acknowledging the connection between the University and Darkinjung Country.

University staff, students and community members gathered to celebrate the official opening of nganggali ngara ngura.

Elder In-Residence, Aunty Bronwyn Chambers, was there to provide insight into its purpose and significance.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been using yarning circles for thousands of years,” Chambers said.

“These circles provide a safe place for all to speak without judgement.

“It is a collaborative way to communicate and provides a respectful place to be heard and to respond.

“Today, they are used as a meeting place for both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal communities to come together.”

Ma and Morley Scholar, Jack Chambers, initiated the event by playing the Yadaki (or digeridoo), and the boys from The Glen Centre closed the ceremony with a celebratory dance.

Media release, Mar 9
University of Newcastle