Wirrimbah Direct Descendants Aboriginal Corporation- Judy Riley, Missy Riley, Russel Styche, Geoffrey Ryan, Rebecca Wells, Sopa Ryan. Casey Wells, Kathy Hill, Lewis Burns and Jennifer Jones. Governance training: Coral Peckham, Casey Wells and Rebecca Wells. Photos: SUPPLIED.
DUBBO’S Aboriginal Land Council held the first governance training for a representative community group recently.
Wirrimbah Direct Descendants director Geoffrey Ryan spoke to the Daily Liberal about the intensive two-day training.
“The main thing we learnt was how to properly know our duties and responsibilities within the corporation,” Mr Ryan said.
“It was all the nitty gritty details.”
Administering funds, recording minutes, bookkeeping and dealing with conflict were some skills taken from the training.
The organisation was formed in 1998 after community consultation with the Tubba-Gah Wiradjuri people, the traditional owners of the Dubbo region, advocated the health and wellbeing of the direct descendants of the city.
The corporation named Wirrimbah, meaning “to preserve”, aimed to protect and maintain the cultural heritage of traditional Aboriginal people.
Mr Ryan said the training run by the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporation had not been conducted earlier because of a lack of will within the group.
Members kept coming and going and some individuals took the bat and ran the show but in 2012 the directors expressed interest in organising governance training.
“As traditional owners, we want to show the way forward for other indigenous groups- proper governance training,” Mr Ryan said.
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