International Women’s Day 2017

Posted on April 3, 2017

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This photo represents a culmination of many things to me: it was International Women’s Day and John Hollands, the legendary engineering company, was celebrating the women in its ranks. It was also the day we were launching Women of Worth, a program designed to empower women in their personal and professional lives.

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Empower Women and Reduce Domestic Violence With This Program

Posted on December 5, 2015

When was the last time you considered the age old questions of “who am I and why am I here?”

These questions are really about exploring our identity and the value that we each bring to the world. When we lose sight of those things, or when they get hidden away under everyday life, we can also lose a sense of our own worth and our own identity.

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Maryann’s Story

Posted on November 20, 2015

Maryann's StoryHere is the speech I gave at the opening of the new library in Napranum, a library named after the Elder Maryann Coconut.

Today, we are here in gratitude for this wonderful event in the history of the people of Napranum.

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Napranum: An Indigenous Community Celebrating Sustainable Change

Posted on November 18, 2015

Sometimes your work can lead you to the most inspiring places and people. For Dynamic Exchange director Annalise Jennings, the far north Queensland community of Napranum is one of those places, and Maryann Coconut is one of those people.

Annalise began working in Napranum in 2011, when the council engaged her to help establish a visionary plan by and for the people.

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Aboriginal Reflections on Dynamic Exchange’s Women of Worth (WOW) Program

Posted on October 7, 2015

2457331Politically, it’s been a hectic few weeks for Australia with Tony Abbott being forced to make way for our new leader, Malcolm Turnbull. To date, we’re seeing some really encouraging signs from our new Prime Minister, particularly in relation to the $40 million plus package fighting domestic violence (you can read the Australian Financial Review article focusing on this here).

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New leader an encouraging sign for women

Posted on October 6, 2015

Politically, it’s been a hectic few weeks for Australia with Tony Abbott being forced to make way for our new leader, Malcolm Turnbull. To date, we’re seeing some really encouraging signs from our new Prime Minister, particularly in relation to the $40 million plus package fighting domestic violence (you can read the Australian Financial Review article focusing on this here).

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Passion: the one word to rule them all

Posted on September 19, 2015

One ring to rule them all.

It’s that catchy tagline from the Lord of the Rings movies but when I visited Paroo Shire recently, I came away with one word to rule them all: PASSION.

I’m proud to report that the Whole of Community Change program is well on its way in the Paroo Shire.

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Media Release: Paroo Shire community works together to find local, community-led solutions

Posted on September 17, 2015

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Last week,members of the Paroo Shirecommunity came together to participate in a three-day Leaders’ Collaboration Workshop with the overall aim of overcoming a cycle of disadvantage that has undermined their south-west Queensland region.

Held in Cunnamulla’s Town Hall, the workshop kicked off with an Aboriginal smoking ceremony and a welcome to country – tributes to the region’s proud Aboriginal heritage.

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My Cunnamulla update

Posted on August 17, 2015

Here’s my Cunnamulla update – thought I’d write this out because this week has been beyond profound. We’re a step closer to creating our visionary plan! So exciting!

This was my third trip back to Cunnamulla and I can only describe it as a ‘cultural explosion!’ I’ve met so many passionate people with a purpose – every one of them has expanded my appreciation of remote Queensland.

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