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December 2008 – RWA Update – Text Version

Traditional Christmas Farmers’ Market / Protecting traditional farming and cooking / Les Tobler Construction Centre refurbished – Koori Job Ready Course all on site / Yaama Dhiyaan delivers unique learning experience / Community Drug Action Team’s BBQs at Waterloo Green / Redfern Karate Kids / Koori League Knockout / headspace Central Sydney – new care services for local youth / Work underway on new National Indigenous Development Centre / Season’s Greetingsed Assistance?

Traditional Christmas Farmers’ Market

Protecting traditional farming and cooking

Les Tobler Construction Centre refurbished – Koori Job Ready Course all on site

Yaama Dhiyaan delivers unique learning experience

Community Drug Action Team’s BBQs at Waterloo Green

Redfern Karate Kids

Koori League Knockout

headspace Central Sydney – new care services for local youth

Work underway on new National Indigenous Development Centre

Season’s Greetings

Need Assistance?

Traditional Christmas Farmers’ Market

Saturday 13 December 8am to 1 pm

The Redfern-Waterloo Authority’s $3 million refurbishment of the heritage Blacksmith’s Workshop at North Eveleigh Railyards for use as the new Eveleigh Market is now complete.

A traditional Christmas Farmers’ Market is being held on Saturday 13 December from 8am-1 pm to celebrate the opening of this exciting new facility.

The spirit of Christmas and seasonal produce is the focus for the event.

Over 70 genuine farmer and artisan food producers will offer a diverse selection of fresh, seasonal and festive food.

Products on sale at the Christmas Farmers’ Market will include traditional goods such as hams, turkeys, cherries, spiced jellies, puddings, gingerbread and mince pies, as well as Christmas trees and summer flowers.

A smoking ceremony by local Aboriginal Elder Uncle Max will signal the start of the market.

Yaama Dhiyaan will have an Indigenous food stall at the market and will also be open on the day featuring a special menu developed by the café’s Aboriginal chef Mathew Cribb.

Market-goers will see cow-milking and butter-churning demonstrations, and will be entertained by farmers on stilts, street performers, local carol-singers and Farmer Christmas.

The Eveleigh Market is located at 243 Wilson St, Darlington (adjacent to the CarriageWorks performance space).

Transport options for shoppers include parking at nearby Sydney University. Alternatively, you can park at the Australian Technology Park and use the ‘Park&Ride’ shuttle bus service. The nearest station is Redfern.

The Christmas Market precedes the regular weekly Eveleigh Farmers’ Market that will commence trading every Saturday morning (8am-1 pm) from 28 February 2009.

The complementary Eveleigh Artisans’ Market commences trading on Sunday 1 March 2009 (9am-2pm) and will showcase a diverse and exciting collection of art, sculpture, design, fashion, craft and Indigenous artwork.

For further information about the Eveleigh Market please contact Denny Hall on 0413 888 003 or visit the website www.eveleighmarket.com.au

Eveleigh Market Sat 13th December Oranges, lemons Pork, Christmas trees, Ducks, Turkey, Flowers, seasonal vegetables

A traditional Christmas farmers market 8am-1pm Eveleigh market – 243 Wilson Street Eveleigh opposite CarriageWorks www.eveleighmarket.com.au

 

TRAINING SUCCESS

Protecting traditional farming and cooking

Yaama Dhiyaan’s Aunty Beryl and Mathew Cribb were invited by the Slow Food Movement to attend an international meeting – Terra Madre (Mother Earth) in Turin, Italy in October 2008.

The Slow Food Movement is an international association that protects the traditional ways of farming and cooking. The meeting brought together food communities, cooks, academics and youth delegates to work towards increasing small-scale, traditional, and sustainable food production.

Highlights of the trip experienced by Aunty Beryl and Mat included meeting other chefs, cooks and academics from all over the world. They tasted local produce and products provided by local farmers as well as experiencing the cuisines of France, Italy and Singapore.

Aunty Beryl and Mat also got the chance to meet other Australian farmers, chefs and product providers that attended the event, and have formed an Australian network to continue to share their culture and connection to the land.

The RWA will support and promote Yaama Dhiyaan as an Australian leader in the Slow Food Movement. The trip was sponsored by the RWA, NSW Department of State & Regional Development, the Slow Food Movement and private donations.

Photo: Fiona Chambers from Fernleigh Free Range, Victoria with Aunty Beryl and Mathew Cribb at the Slow Food Opening ceremony Terra Madre.

Les Tobler Construction Centre refurbished – Koori Job Ready Course all on site

The RWA has undertaken an extensive refurbishment of the Les Tobler Construction Centre in Darlington. This means that the entire Koori Job Ready Construction course can be provided on site.

The renovation work included painting, plumbing and construction work as well as removal of internal walls to create the practical areas required for the training course.

The subjects studied include Construction OH & S (Induction Card), forklift training, plastering, painting, carpentry, concreting and First Aid.

Graduates from the course will take up positions being created through the RWA’s Indigenous Employment Model on construction sites including the National Indigenous Development Centre and the Channel 7 site at the Australian Technology Park.

The RWA would like to thank Ajax Plumbing, CEPU, Fugen Constructions and the CFMEU for their donations of equipment towards the refurbishment.

To find out more about the Koori Job Ready Course and for dates of future information sessions and courses contact Terry Kelly on 0423 414 643 or by email terry.kelly@rwa.nsw.gov.au

Photo: The new classroom where students will get hands on experience in training to work in the construction industry.

Photo: Forklift training is one the subjects studied.

Yaama Dhiyaan delivers unique learning experience

Over 95 students have been trained in the Certifcate II in Hospitality (Operations) since the Yaama Dhiyaan Training and Hospitality College opened its doors in Darlington in October 2006.

The 10-week course teaches a nationally accredited course with a focus on Indigenous culture and cuisine. Students also receive certification in Barista, Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) and Responsible Conduct of Gaming (RCG).

The quality and scope of training provides graduates with the qualifications and experience necessary for employment in the restaurant and café sectors, tourism operations, clubs, hotels and catering enterprises.

Yaama Dhiyaan also provides function and event services which provide an invaluable source of work opportunities for students.

Yaama Dhiyaan is an initiative of the RWA in partnership with Aboriginal elder Aunty Beryl Van-Oploo and young Aboriginal chef, Mathew Cribb.

Yaama means ‘welcome’ and Dhiyaan means ‘family and friends’ in Aunty Beryl’s Yuwaalaraay language of the Gamillaroi people of north-west New South Wales.

To find out more about the

Hospitality Training Course contact Louise Wagner on 9202 9100 or louise.wagner@rwa.nsw.gov.au  To hold your next event at Yaama Dhiyaan contact, Mathew Cribb on 8399 0924 or email Mathew@yaama.com.au or visit the website www.yaama.com.au  

Photo: Some of the Yaama Dhiyaan graduates with Mathew Cribb, Aunty Beryl and Sara Sheedy from My Gateway.

Photo: Students go on to paid employment in the hospitality industry.

Community Drug Action Team’s BBQs at Waterloo Green

The Redfern Waterloo Community Drug Action Team (CDAT) has been running a program of community BBQs in the area known as Waterloo Green.

The monthly BBQs, funded by the City of Sydney, provide a great opportunity for CDAT members such as the Inner City Homelessness Outreach Support Services (ICHOSS), Mission Australia, the Aboriginal Medical Service, Babana Aboriginal Men’s Group and the Redfern Local Area Command to get to know the local community better.

They also provide the means to make information available from agencies such as Housing NSW and Centrelink on site and in a culturally appropriate manner and in a friendly environment.

At the BBQs the CDAT members also offer advice on other services and provide support that can help with alcohol and drug misuse in the community.

Photo: CDAT members free up the barbie at the Waterloo Green.

Redfern Karate Kids

To encourage young Aboriginal people to get involved in sport, the RWA funded 15 places in the Aboriginal Justice Advisory Council and Seido Juku Karate Australia project.

The Aboriginal youngsters are instructed in the martial art alongside others who are visually impaired. This provides an environment for cultivating not only the discipline, but also a unique bond between the participants.

The project aims to encourage Aboriginal children and young people to develop a healthy lifestyle and more specifically to improve their skills, sense of self-worth and resilience in an atmosphere of community and friendship.

Photo: Karate Kids from Redfern participated in the annual Seido Inter Dojo tournament.

Koori League Knockout

The RWA were proud to support local teams, Redfern All Blacks and Waterloo Storm in the recent Koori Knockout with the RWA providing the uniforms for the players.

The Redfern All Blacks Under 15’s got all the way through to the semifinals and three boys from the team have been picked for the NSW Under 16’s Training Squad. They will play Queensland in the curtain raiser at the 2009 Anzac Day Test.

The RWA also provided assistance to members from the Redfern Waterloo area of The Young Aboriginal Women’s Mentoring, Coaching and Leadership Sports Development Program to attend the event. This research project used the event to look at ways for the participants to develop skills in and around mentoring, coaching and leadership, particularly relating to addressing and stamping out violence and abuse, as well as identifying ways they can be leaders through sports and group projects in a socially healthy and safe environment.

Photo: The striking Redfern All Blacks uniforms were designed by KooGa.

headspace Central Sydney – new care services for local youth

headspace Central Sydney is part of the National Youth Mental Health Foundation’s mission to deliver improvements in the mental health, social well being and economic participation of young Australians aged 12 to 25.

With mental health being the single biggest health issue facing young Australians the development of services which are responsive and able to offer early treatment is essential.

The Central Sydney General Practice Network (CSGPN) has been funded to develop the headspace Central Sydney services in the Redfern Waterloo area. This involves the provision of a recovery focused model of care that includes mental health, drug and alcohol, general practice and vocational services that reflect the needs of the local community.

Through the headspace program two clinical psychologists and a visiting general practitioner will be offering comprehensive care services for young people through South Sydney Youth Services (SYSS) located at Waterloo.

For further information on the headspace program contact SSYS on 8399 1005.

Photo: Shane Brown (left) Manager of South Sydney Youth Services with local youth Tirrian Potter Sales and clinical psychologist Jessica Swinbourne. 

Work underway on new National Indigenous Development Centre

Work has commenced on the $24 million National Indigenous Development Centre (NIDC). At least 20 Indigenous jobs and training opportunities are being created as part of the construction project through the RWA’s Indigenous Employment Model.

Designed by award winning architects Tonkin Zulaika Greer, the NIDC will be built by St Hillier’s Contracting. Building work is estimated to be completed in August 2009.

The redevelopment on the former Redfern Public School site includes new multi-use classrooms, accommodation and dining facilities for up to 100 people. Four school buildings (including two heritage listed buildings) will be refurbished.

The Centre will accommodate a number of programs including:

■ The National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Association that runs a number of sporting and life development programs for Indigenous people encouraging healthy lifestyles through sport and education.

■ The Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team, which provides opportunities for Indigenous youth to become involved in rugby union, netball and golf.

■ The Exodus Foundation, which will establish a tutorial centre for children aged 10-14.

Additional facilities at the NIDC include a 25-metre heated swimming pool, a community sports and recreation centre and a sports training field to be operated by the YMCA.

The RWA is working with the Indigenous Land Corporation and the YMCA to establish the Youth Sport and Recreation Precinct for Redfern and Waterloo at the NIDC.

Photo: Earth works have begun for the construction of the National Indigenous Development Centre.

Season’s Greetings

The Board and Staff of the Redfern-Waterloo Authority wish you a safe and happy festive season and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

Need Assistance?

For more information or to send us your feedback please contact the Redfern-Waterloo Authority, Level 11, Tower 2, 1 Lawson Square, Redfern

Tel: (02) 9202 9100  Fax: (02) 9202 9111  Mail: PO Box 3332, Redfern NSW 2016 Email: redfernwaterloo@rwa.nsw.gov.au  Internet: www.redfernwaterloo.com.au