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Gamarada secures MOU with NCIE (2012)

We have some exciting news to share, in accordance with our strategic plan, one of our goals is to align our organisation with services and organisations that share similar values and aspirations for our community e.g health, fitness and well being.

In 2012 we identified the need to strategically position Gamarada in the community where opportunities for expansion and collaboration between partner services could be maximised. This had to be achieved while continuing the delivery of service to our men and youth by sharing cultural healing knowledge and life skills.

The National Centre for Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) was identified early last year as the ideal centre for Gamarada programs when myself and brother Peter Briggs were attending the 6am boxing program with Uncle Shane Phillips. Since then we have aspired towards delivering our program from the NCIE and we set ourselves a goal to achieve this in 2012. This goal includes developing a partnership with the NCIE that would ensure we could deliver our voluntary program in a cost effective way weekly, while working in partnership to seek funding for the further development of programs to target a wider range of youth from local and communities abroad.

We achieved our initial goal and have been operating from the NCIE since the beginning of 2012.

Yesterday we met with Carla McGrath and secured a partnership with an Memorandum of Understanding between the Gamarada Indigenous Healing and life Training Ltd and the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence.

Over 6000 youth visited the NCIE in 2011. This represents an enormous opportunity for Gamarada to share our strengths in excellence for which we were acknowledged in 2010 with the Premiers Excellence Award for building leadership in Indigenous communities. Our next goal will include the ongoing development of our organisational capacity and to acquire the necessary resources and skilled leaders to meet the demand.

There is also enormous potential to expand the Gamarada Men's Healing and life Skills program at the centre.

In the following weeks, the joint MOU will be written and the details of the partnership arrangement will be clear.

Achieving our goals gives us a great feeling of accomplishment and regardless of what role each of us play, the energy that drives us forward is a group energy that will remain strong as long as we remain connected and the community support continues.

This news is something to celebrate, but while we celebrate let us contemplate the road ahead and the distance to go. This will mean a lot of hard work. Hard work to realise our goals and harder work to maintain the responsibilities and commitments that come with them.

I will be calling on all of you for your strengths and support in the near future.

Strength through love X

Ken Zulumovski

See the NCIE here www.ncie.org.au


Gamarada receives City of Sydney Matched Grant (November, 2011)

We have recently received a matched grant from the City of Sydney. These funds will be used to produce and display banners, which were created by participants in the Biyanga Naminma program – students and fathers/male carers etc living from the inner-city of Sydney. The banners will be exhibited in Martin Place during the Sydney Festival (from 22nd-29th Jan, 2012)… photos to follow! Thanks to the City of Sydney for the support in this project.

 Law and Justice Foundation Volunteer Award (October, 2011)

Gamarada have been nominated for the 2011 Law and Justice Volunteer Award, which will be presented by the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW. This nomination recognizes Gamarada’s contribution to improving access to justice for socially and economically disadvantaged individuals in NSW. Representatives from Gamarada have been invited to attend the official presentation at the 2011 Justice Awards Dinner, which is to be held at parliament house. The Foundation will also present the following awards: Justice Medal, Aboriginal Justice Award, Pro Bono Partnership Award, Law Society President’ Award.

The nomination was as follows…

 “Since 2007, Gamarada Leaders Group have volunteered their time and skills to Gamarada Indigenous Healing and Life Training program. The training is a weekly, three-hour men’s healing and life-skills program for Indigenous men and youth in Sydney’s inner city. The Leaders Group provides legal information and direct access to legal services, and connects participants with staff from services they might normally avoid. Part of the program’s success is attributed to the Leaders established networks and experience in working with agencies such as the NSW Police Force, Juvenile Justice, Community Legal Centres, Probation and Parole services, and other broader community services. The personal support they provide to participants has enabled many Indigenous men to turn their lives around and address the legal issues that impact on all aspects of their lives”

- Ms Sharny Chalmers, AIDS Council of NSW



New Gamarada 2 day program (March, 2011)

The format of a new 2-day Gamarada program was developed through a facilitated consultation and planning workshop held in Redfern on 18-19 February, 2011. The community consultation workshop provided an opportunity to seek feedback from stakeholders and other community members and have them participate in developing the program. The workshop participants included Indigenous and non-Indigenous, professional and non-professional, men and women and a range of age groups. Key local leaders in the community with experience in social and emotional wellbeing and community empowerment were in attendance. The program was developed with the professional guidance of a clinical psychologist who has considerable experience working in Indigenous social and emotional well being programs. The proceedings and outcomes of the consultation workshop formed the basis for the development of a portable 2-day workshop.

The workshop was piloted in Wagga Wagga in March 2011. It was preceded by a public information session to promote awareness of the event. The workshop was attended by a total of 29 men and boys from a variety of organisations and backgrounds and was viewed by all as a great success.

Letter from Gamarada Director (Feb 2011)

Dear Friends and colleagues,

Building on the successes of our 10-week program in 2010. The leadership team have met Tribal Council Style and agree it is a natural progression for the organic grass roots community initiative to evolve to enable a more flexible delivery option of the Gamarada healing and lifeskills program.

We are holding a workshop to develop a two-day transportable package for delivery in Rural NSW and other regions of Australia at the Redfern Community Centre on Friday and Saturday, 18 - 19th February 2011, from 9am - 6pm (this event will be fully catered). We encourage all previous participants, supporters and people with relevant expertise and interest to be involved (you may attend both or one of either days).

Under the guidance of our elders and other experts in the field of indigenous healing we have contracted a clinical psychologist to assist in the development of the new program. Kerrie Kelly is a non-Indigenous psychologist who has worked in the area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing for more than a decade. During this time, she has collaborated with several different teams of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues. Kerrie has collaborated with Aunty Lorraine Peeters and the Marumali Journey of Healing for more than a decade. This has included the collaborative development of 2-day Workshop to train Indigenous counselors to provide SEWB support to Stolen Generations, using a risk-managed approach. The workshop obtained nationally accreditation and was delivered by Aunt and Kerrie in a series of national workshops supported by OATSIH in 2009. Kerrie is one of a small number of psychologists in Australia who have been mentored by Aboriginal elders to become culturally competent in the area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing. She uses this knowledge to support Indigenous colleagues to achieve their goals/outcomes, while also meeting benchmarks for safety and quality. As well as writing facilitator guides etc for others, Kerrie is also an experienced workshop facilitator herself and has developed and delivered a number of workshops nationally. Kerrie's experience as a facilitator assists her to develop useful educational resources to support Indigenous colleagues.

The development of the two-day transportable package in February precedes our first delivery in regional NSW, Wagga Wagga in March, 2011. Please confirm your attendance by reply email for catering by Friday COB 11 February. On behalf of the Gamarada team we look forward to sharing this significant event with you.

For further information please contact Ken Zulumovski 0433 346 645

Ken Zulumovski  (Kiradahn, Kabbi Kabbi, SE, QLD)

Indigenous Men's Access to Justice Worker Mental Health Legal Services Project.

Warrior Dash event (January 2011)

The Warrior Dash is a mud-crawling, fire-leaping, extreme fun run which is held on challenging and rugged terrain designed for thrill-seeking athletes. It requires participants to navigate their way along a 5k-race course with 10 to 12 gruelling obstacles. Our Gamarada leader (Ken Zulumovski) and Gamarada participants took part in the event which was held in Glenworth Valley in the hinterland region of the NSW Central Coast in January 2011.  


Gamarada wins Premier’s Excellence Award (November 2010)

The Gamarada Men’s Healing and Life Skills Program was awarded a NSW Premier’s Excellence Award for leadership in Aboriginal communities. The NSW Minister for Aboriginal affairs, Paul Lynch, made this announcement in November 2010 and said that the award recognizes the tireless effort of Aboriginal people in NSW in building stronger communities.  

The award citation was as follows…

Gamarada’s Men’s Healing and Life Skills Program, in Redfern, is realizing the recommendations made in the Bringing them home report, and recognizing that emotional healing, practical support and legal information are the best ways to break the cycle between Aboriginal men and criminal justice system. About 200 men and boys have participated in Gamarada’s program”

Other Premier’s Award winners include the Link-Up (NSW) Aboriginal Corporation’s Family Link Service, The Griffith Wiradjuri Aboriginal Pre-School, and the Deadly Sista Girlz.

Gamarada Healing Retreat for men and their sons Bundanoon (October 2010)

A 3 day weekend camp funded by NSW Health was held by the Gamarada Program at Bundadoon on 29 -31 October 2010 as a partnership with the Quest for Life Foundation. The camp was attended by 19 Aboriginal men and their sons with a program of outdoor activities and facilitated sessions over the 3 days including bushwalks, campfires, meditation, interactive experiential sessions and discussion groups.


“Our group has bonded profoundly as a result of your program. Our group has grown to new levels and I wait to see with anticipation the positive effect that this new learning will have on the Gamarada program” - quote from a participant





Lord Mayor Salary Trust (April 2010)


Gamarada is grateful for the receipt of funds from the Lord Mayor Clover Moore (MP) Salary Trust  Fund (2010). The presentation is pictured left.