Following the success of the inaugural Bangamalanha Conference in 2014, TAFE Western is pleased to provide the opportunity for practitioners, researchers, community members and industry representatives to again meet on the lands of the Wiradjuri people in Dubbo. The three-day conference named after a Wiradjuri word meaning "to share with each other” will be happening in October 2015 with more than 200 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal delegates expected to attend.
The focus of Bangamalanha 2015 will be to continue the sharing of successful programs, approaches and outcomes for Aboriginal peoples once they have left school, including ensuring genuine and sustainable partnerships with Aboriginal communities and Aboriginal organisations, and respect for Aboriginal cultures.
Kate Baxter Institute Director TAFE Western said, “I believe those who work in the post-school Aboriginal space should continue to have the opportunity to come together to share successes as well as the challenges they have confronted”.
The conference recognises that many individual organisations, businesses, Government agencies and Aboriginal communities are striving to design and deliver programs and services in relation to education, training and employment that increases productive outcomes on the ground.
Ms Maxine Greenfield, Bangamalanha Conference coordinator said participants would include representatives from TAFE’s, employers, universities, other registered training organisations, job service agencies and apprenticeship centres. “Anyone with an interest or stake in post-school Aboriginal education or employment should attend.
“Key supporters of the conference include NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Incorporated, NSW State Training Services, NSW Department of Education and Communities ,” she said.
Feedback from the inaugural conference had revealed its value to Aboriginal people and delegates alike having facilitated opportunities to increase Aboriginal representation in decision-making in service delivery and design. One member of TAFE Western’s Aboriginal Community Reference Group said "The Conference ran really well, the speakers were great and I could see lots of people working together that I had never seen before”
Aboriginal Artist and Performer Mr Lewis Burns will fill the role of master of ceremonies for the 2015 Bangamalanha Conference, which will be held from 26 to 28 October in Dubbo.
Key note speakers will include Mr Tom Calma, who has served as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner.
One of the highlights of the conference this year will be the return of Indigenous chef Mr Mark Olive, known as "the Black Olive". Mark will tempt the taste buds of delegates at the conference dinner by using the likes of Indigenous herbs, emu and kangaroo and Indigenous fruits.
If you have a story to share and are interested in presenting or attending the 2015 Bangamalanha Conference in Dubbo from 26 to 28 October visit tafewestern.edu.au/bangamalanha