Communities team up to create new resources

Shoalhaven schools Gudjargahs Troupe performing at a Positive Partnerships resource launch

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23 December 2014: Earlier this month, Positive Partnerships joined together with special friends and guests for a morning tea with a spectacular Sydney Harbour backdrop, at the Opera Point Marquee.

The morning tea brought together Elders, community leaders, teaching professionals, representatives from the Australian Government, members of the autism community and the Positive Partnerships team to celebrate and acknowledge the contribution of diverse groups we have worked with across Australia. The event also launched a range of new resources designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and for people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, as well as a new-look website.

In time for the hot Sydney weather, guests arrived en masse at 10.30am; the large turnout a testament to the significance of this project and the support behind it. Official proceedings began with a Welcome to Country by respected Gadigal Elder Uncle Charles (Chicka) Madden. This was followed by a dance performance from the Gudjargahs Troupe, a group of 18 high school students from Shoalhaven schools. The performance was really a highlight of the morning, setting the tone for the celebration and messages to come.

Positive Partnerships’ Project Manager Karen Jones then acknowledged guests, thanking everyone for their passion and commitment to improving support for school aged children with autism. Guests were encouraged to experience the new resources for themselves, and take them away with them to be used in their communities. She later said, 'The truly incredible part of the celebration was how proud all of these groups of people were for the work they had done to make the resources a reality'.

'Positive Partnerships would not have been able to achieve any of this without the contribution of so many talented and passionate community members', she concluded.

Resources being launched were displayed and available to explore on interactive iPad stands. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the resources being launched included a beautiful story book and accompanying app, as well as informative videos. For culturally and linguistically diverse communities there were translated posters and fact sheets, videos and new resources on the Positive Partnerships website.

Four breathtaking Aboriginal artworks were also on display. These were created by Aboriginal artists from the Nandijimadji art group, each with their own story to tell. These artworks created a stunning focal point for the event, representing the Positive Partnerships story and the reason we had all come together.

The morning tea was a wonderful opportunity to catch up with our friends from across the country and celebrate the achievements of community partnerships. There was a sense of pride in what we have achieved together and a common goal to continuously improve support and resources. We would like to thank everyone involved. To our community partners, suppliers, team members and funding bodies, your continuous backing and hard work is invaluable.

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