UPDATE May, 2016
We are most pleased to welcome a new Director to our Elm Grove Sanctuary Trust Board - Leah Rothwell. Leah is a dynamic and caring young woman who has been working in a voluntary capacity with our Wallaga Lake Study Centre program. Leah, recently returned from living in New Zealand with her partner, James and young daughter Edith (Edie) and they are now living in Cobargo NSW.
Our Study Centre program is being jointly run in partnership with the Ngaardi Women's Group and with our employed Co-ordinator, Liza Morris. In addition, the Narooma Red Cross and their volunteers are generously offering a Healthy Eating component to the Study Centre, which functions two afternoons per week.
Our volunteer tutors and assistants along with our Board Directors, Sean Burke, Stuart Absalom, Leah Rothwell and our Advisor to the EGST Board, Sr Laurel all offer their services voluntarily towards this program which is well attended by children from the Wallaga Lake Koori Community. This program has been enabled through the generous grants offered to our Trust from the Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund and the Australia Post 2015 Our Neighbourhood Community Grant and from contributions made by individuals in the wider community and further afield.
It is our hope that this valuable after-school study program can continue to provide support for these children to enable them to bridge the gap for their educational futures. Anyone who is interested to make a donation towards this program is invited to contact our Treasurer, Stuart Absalom for details - email: <email@example.com>
All donations over $2 are tax deductible and receipted.
Resignation of former Director: It was with regret that we accepted the resignation of our former Director, Magella Blinksell, who offered much in ideas and support during her time on our Board. Due to her need to support her mother in her health needs she had offered her resignation. Thank you Magella for all that you offered and we now welcome you as a new Associate Member.
Anyone wishing to become an Associate Member of the Trust is asked to contact us on: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Narooma News 15 October 2015
Elm Grove Sanctuary Trust
A NEW PROJECT - Wallaga Lake Study Centre
We are seeking your urgent support so that this valuable program can be re-opened for 2015.
Due to lack of funding this resource for Indigenous children of both primary and high school age is now closed despite the great outcomes that have resulted from children attending this after-school Study Centre. It assists them to complete homework and course work set by their schools, improves their literacy and numeracy skills, and aids in communication, confidence and academic outcomes.
Many of the children lack needed resources in their homes such as computers, resource material and the help of trained volunteer teaching staff to confidently complete their homework. The Study Centre promotes healthy development, socially and academically, and allows Aboriginal children to become confident and proud youngsters who can look forward to completing their schooling so as to enter into quality employment for the future.
Past results have shown greatly enhanced school attendance now averaging 92%, increase in homework completion rate from 20% to 70%, and reduced days lost through suspension as acknowledged by the five schools where the children attend. In addition to caring support and assistance with academic work the Study Centre offers creative arts and crafts and an after-school healthy food snack.
We hold great hope for expanding the scope for the Study Centre into the future with projects which will further nurture the children's pride in their Aboriginal heritage and culture. This will allow opportunities such as teaching film-making to enable them to tell and record their own stories, or interview the elders in their community, ensuring that these stories are documented and kept as an historical record for future generations.
We hope that you can catch hold of this vision and share with us the wonderful things that are possible for the future of the Study Centre. FOR NOW THE NEED IS URGENT – we need funds to open the Study Centre for this school year due to cuts or delays in Government grants. This is seriously impacting on all Aboriginal children. WE NEED TO SERIOUSLY 'BRIDGE THE GAP' – please assist us to do this.
Should you feel able to support us with a donation to getting this valuable resource up and running very soon we would be extremely grateful. ALL DONATIONS OF $2 OR MORE ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE. All donations will be receipted. A direct deposit into this program is available: EGS Trust Project A/c BSB 032766 Account No: 139061 Please indicate that funds are for Wallaga Lake Study Centreand email us at email@example.com with your contact details for receipting purposes. OR you can mail a cheque to: Elm Grove Sanctuary Trust Project A/c – 2 Emma Close Dalmeny NSW 2546 indicating (Wallaga Lake Study Centre Program) and include your name and address for receipting.
After five years of court hearings, the trials of Sr Laurel Lloyd-Jones came to an end last week in a judgement handed down in the NSW District Court by Judge Gibson DCJ.
Sr Lloyd-Jones was sued by Cr Tony Allen (who was Mayor of Bega Valley Shire Council at the time) in 2009 for defamation over statements she made in a letter to the NSW Premier and Minister for Police in that year regarding events in Bermagui in 2006 complaining about Cr Allen’s behaviour leading up to and during a meeting with a family in Bermagui in 2006 where he was accompanied by Cr Jeanette Neilson, then BVSC Deputy Mayor.
As a result of a hearing in 2010, the judgement by Judge Colefax SC DCJ in 2011 found Sr Lloyd-Jones to be guilty of four defamation imputations from her statements and ordered to pay $50,000 in general damages plus $15,000 in aggravated damages.
On appeal to the Supreme Court in 2012, two of the four imputations were set aside and sent back to the District Court for determination in terms of truth with a reassessment of the damages award.
Those imputations were:
(a) The plaintiff, the Mayor of Bega Valley Shire, conducted himself inappropriately as Mayor in that he bullied a woman. and
(c) The plaintiff intimidated a woman by acting in a bullying and overpowering manner over the phone.
The hearing in the District Court was held over three days in March this year with the determination handed down on 17th
April 2014. Judge Gibson determined that Sr Laurel Lloyd-Jones succeeded in her defence of justification to both imputations, meaning that both these imputations from her
statement in the letter of 2010 were not defamatory because they were true, the then Mayor did bully a woman and intimidated her by acting in a bullying and overpowering manner.
In reassessing the damages, Judge Gibson took into account “reparation for harm done, consolation for personal hurt and distress, and vindication.” Her determination rejected any award of aggravated compensatory damages and awarded general damages of $6,000 to Cr Allen for imputations (b) and (d) which were not part of her hearing.
Tired and bankrupt, Sr Laurel Lloyd-Jones can now get on with her life as a treasured Good Samaritan of our community who has had to deal with five years of trauma for supporting a distressed local family in need.
The full text of the judgement is available at http://www.caselaw.nsw.gov.au/action/PJUDG?jgmtid=171061.
Contact: Seán Burke Mob: 0411 779 571 Reconciliation and Justice Committee