Category Archives: Community Development

Empower Women and Reduce Domestic Violence With This Program

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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Napranum: An Indigenous Community Celebrating Sustainable Change

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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Passion: the one word to rule them all

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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My Cunnamulla update

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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Exciting times are ahead!

What an insane 6 weeks it’s been! Sometimes, I’m so busy I don’t even remember to update you all until someone asks me what I’ve been up to.

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So, I thought I’d give you a rundown of what’s been happening in my world recently.

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My upcoming book – learn more

For quite a few months now, I’ve been working away on a book that’s all about my journey to date. This book will also feature the writing and story of indigenous elder Mary Ann Coconut.

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In a nutshell, the book will explain how our separate paths eventually led us to developing the incredibly connection we share today.

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How we learn from Women of Achievement stories

Something special happens when us women share our stories. Here’s what I find really fascinating:

We can all be on different paths but at the end of the day, we’re still women and we still go through similar experiences such as child birth, being a mother, a sister and so on.

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Remember, there are two sides to every story

Earlier this week, I came across an article published in The Sydney Morning Herald that really took me aback.

The article explores the cycle of negativity in Aboriginal communities. While a reader may feel as though the article aims to highlight the suffering taking place within these communities, as someone who has spent so much time with indigenous people, the article really saddened me.

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Positive step forward by the Australian government

Over the last 6 years, my work with indigenous people has provided me with real insight as to how we can help indigenous communities to thrive.

I’m very passionate about how my Whole of Community Change program sees those within the community becoming instrumental in influencing change.

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