Bangamalanha logo a representation of the people

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This year’s Bangamalanha Conference will be particularly special for Dubbo resident Teressa Yasserie, who was honoured to design the conference’s amazingly beautiful logo.

Ms Yasserie, a proud Aboriginal woman, said the logo had special meaning for Aboriginal peoples and was a fitting tribute to the conference which will help change lives and bridge the gap on the disadvantage Aboriginal peoples experience in relation to education and employment.

“The logo is a Wiradjuri contemporary symbol meaning the three rivers, and the black line represents the Aboriginal peoples connected to those rivers,” Ms Yasserie said.

“I was trying to capture something that binds us all together, and is a representation of the people.

“I’m really proud of the finished product.”

Ms Towney will be one of the hundreds of people that will flock to Dubbo from October 26-28 to participate in the second Bangamalanha conference.

“I really think the Bangamalanha Conference is extremely important because it gives a really great opportunity for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to get together and focus on important issues and topics that we can work on,” she said.

Bangamalanha Conference coordinator Tenesha Bell said this year’s event would be jam packed with entertainment and tickets were now on sale.

“We’ve got celebrity chef Mark “The Black Olive” bringing his vibrant colours and outback flavours for dinner and Aboriginal artist and performer Lewis Burns to keep us entertained as master of ceremonies,” Ms Bell said.

“Tom Calma’s official opening, featuring a smoking ceremony, will be a highlight, with other keynote speakers including Professor Mark Rose (La Trobe University), Jeremy Donovan (Generation One), Daryl Monaghan (Reconciliation Australia) and Julie Crane (Department of Human Services).

“This year’s two day conference promises to be a wonderful attraction and tool for everyone to get together and share their post-school Aboriginal education, employment and services stories.”

The Bangamalanha Conference will be held in Dubbo from October 26-28, with the conference dinner on October 27.

For information or tickets, email bangamalanha@tafensw.edu.au, call Tenesha on 02 6393 5943 or visit www.bangamalanha.edu.au