June 25th, 2008
This is the summary of ideas presented by the fourteen people in attendance at the community planning workshop, compiled by Mark Shirley of the OACDT. The next step will be for Mark to develop a list of realistic projects for inclusion in the Community Plan to be presented to the CDPA in mid August 2008.
- Community centre to include youth, aged care, IT Training, to use as a Central meeting place, events area
- An environmentally sensitive building using solar power, using local skills ideas etc with the view of uniting whole community.
- business activities to promote employment
- working together
- Community Day- Back to Copley Day
- Arts/ Crafts projects
- Sharing facilities
- Share the town
- Community support for aged who can’t physically do for themselves- people are the community
- Supporting each other
- Community fairs/ Craft stalls
- Events promoting community involvement, games, picnics etc
- Respect for each other
- Skills Audit
April 15th, 2008
– Submitted by Di.
Why a Charter of Rights is important to Indigenous Australians
by Tom Calma
Source from Australians All
The most revealing indicator that the NT intervention was not consistent with human rights principles was the provision at the centre of the legislative machinery used to support the intervention, namely suspending the operation of Racial Discrimination Act.
A few weeks ago I was honoured and humbled to be entrusted by the national stolen generations representative groups with the responsibility to participate in and later to speak in response to the Prime Minister’s Apology to the Stolen Generations.
I was touched by the Apology in all imaginable ways: as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner; the National Race Discrimination Commissioner and most importantly as the great grandchild of a Stolen Generations woman.
‘Her mother will not part with her’. This was the chilling account of the officer who reported on my great grandmother in 1899. When I recalled this at the Apology ceremony I had in mind not solely the pain of the past, but also the responsibilities of the present, and the demands upon the future to prevent the violation of basic human rights and dignity, such as the right of a mother to care for her child.
April 1st, 2008
Almost everything you do will seem insignificant, but it is important thatyou do it… You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Creative activity cannot be forced. The creative people of this world have always been the free, unchanneled minds, the non-conformists, the individuals, the uninhibited.
Charles D. Orth; Science and Society
March 26th, 2008
The Australian Government is calling for the visionary opinions and ideas of intelligent people like yourselves on any of the following topics:
1. Australian Economy 2. Infrastructure 3. Sustainability and Climate Change 4. Rural Australia 5. Health 6. Communities and Families 7. Indigenous Australia 8. Creative Australia 9. Governance 10. Australia’s Future in the World
Have your say at http://www.australia2020.gov.au
Online submissions are due April 9th. It’s a simple process and you can have a summary of your submission emailed to you, which you are welcome to post here.
February 17th, 2008
Let us know what you would like to see happen in Copley.
Add a comment below! The universe is listening…