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Summit in Central Australia to unite bush voices for change

Date posted: 13 May 2013

A summit in Central Australia, will bring Aboriginal people together to identify positive solutions to local problems faced in their home communities and the wider community of Alice Springs.

Around 200 delegates will travel from communities and town camps to Ross River to take part in the summit, Kurunna Mwarre: Making my spirit inside me good, which is being held from 14-16 May 2013.

‘The summit gives people the opportunity to talk about violence and anti-social behaviour,' explained John Liddle, Ingkintja Male Health Manager at Congress, and one of the summit organisers. ‘People genuinely want to see change and they want to be empowered to be part of that change.'

The summit is co-facilitated by health service, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress and Creating a Safe Supportive Environment Inc. (CASSE) and follows on from previous summits facilitated by Congress' Ingkintja male health branch, held in 2008 and 2010, where hundreds of Aboriginal males came together to address issues of violence and hurt in Aboriginal communities.

From the initial 2008 summit came the momentous ‘Inteyerrkwe Statement', which gave a decisive proclamation that Aboriginal males from Central Australia were committed to ensuring safe and happy community environment for their families, now, in 2013, both males and females will gather together to put forward positive solutions to help facilitate change.

The Kurunna Mwarre: Making my spirit inside me good summit will be held at Ross River from Tuesday 14 to Thursday 16 May 2013. It is for Aboriginal people only.

A summit open day will be held on Thursday 16 May for politicians, media and stakeholders to attend and be presented with the solutions emanating from the summit.

Source: Central Australian Aboriginal Congress


Media contact:
Emma Ringer
Communications Officer
Central Australian Aboriginal Congress
Ph: (08) 8958 3664
Mobile: 0408 741 691

Summit contact:
Bruce Loomes
Mobile: 0439 594 724


Last updated: 13 May 2013
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