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This issue: Editorial .............................................................................................................................................. 3 Recognising Achievement ................................................................................................................... 4 Dreaming of Thursday Island .............................................................................................................. 7 Diploma of Professional Practice ........................................................................................................ 9 Utopia ............................................................................................................................................... 10 Walama Muru: an opportunity of a lifetime ........................................................................................ 12 Nura Gili’s Rhyan Clapham O week 2014 ......................................................................................... 16 Scott Parlett: Remote Outback - UNSW - Where next - Hollywood? ................................................. 18 Nura Gili Indigenous Employment News ........................................................................................... 22 UNSW Indigenous Winter School...................................................................................................... 23 Your Winter School Application ......................................................................................................... 24 Year 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Info Day...................................................................... 25 Nura Gili on the Road........................................................................................................................ 27 Make UNSW your first choice ........................................................................................................... 28 Nura Gili- About us ............................................................................................................................ 30 Nura Gili News If you would like to contribute ideas, news, letters and / or articles please contact the editor: Email: Telephone: 0478492075 If you would like to contribute to Indigenous scholarships for students at UNSW and/or Nura Gili Indigenous Programs please feel free to make initial contact with the Director of Nura Gili Professor Martin Nakata (B.EdHons PhD) Telephone :+61 (2) 93853120 Email: - Prof Nakata's Webpage If you would like further information on Nura Gili’s programs, courses and facilities you are welcome to come and visit and / or contact us: Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit Electrical Engineering Building G17 UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES SYDNEY NSW 2052 AUSTRALIA

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UNSW CRICOS Provider Code: 00098G | ABN: 57 195 873 179 Balnaves Place – Home of Nura Gili was made possible thanks to a generous donation from The Balnaves Foundation, a private philanthropic organisation established in 2006 by Neil Balnaves AO to provide support to charitable enterprises across Australia.

Global financial services firm UBS has committed to a major investment in support of Indigenous programs at UNSW

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As the stories and photos in this edition share Nura Gili and UNSW continues to be an environment where our students can and are thriving; with their tenacity, hard work, good humour and friendships. This month our Director of Nura Gili, Professor Martin Nakata was a Keynote speaker at the AIATSIS National Indigenous Studies Conference in Canberra where he gave an address on: ‘Breaking through barriers in Australian Indigenous Studies.’ If you weren’t able to get to the conference we’ll let you know in our next edition where his paper is to be published.

Rianna Tatum and Jenavive Westbury

Professor Nakata and his daughter Dr Nakata were also featured in Andrew Bock’s article -‘Rise of Aboriginal PhDs heralds a change in culture’ in the Sydney Moring Herald, an inspiring read:

If you are currently an Indigenous high school student in years 10,11 & 12 now is the time to apply for our UNSW Indigenous Winter School 2014 program. Read more about Winter School including our student guide for applications on page 24 and remember the closing date for applications is 5pm, Friday, 11 April 2014 Nura Gili also welcomes three new staff: Dr. Katherine Neal and Lisa Watts who join our Student Services team as Academic support staff and Dr. Ben Silverstein who joins our Teaching and Research team as a Lecturer. Hot off the press our Congratulations go to Jonathan Captain Webb who has received the coveted Karen Lynch Memorial Scholarship for 2014. This is a highly competitive scholarship where each university nominates one candidate at the beginning of each academic year. These nominations are then interviewed and one candidate is selected for the scholarship by the trustee directors of the Karen Lynch Foundation. Congratulations to all our scholarship winners and on Thursday 1st May Nura Gili will be hosting our inaugural Nura Gili Scholarship Celebration, invitations coming shortly. Rebecca Harcourt, Editor

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Jonathon Captain Webb with John Carr and Ian Brown

On Thursday 20th March the Australian School of Business held its Annual Scholarship Celebration hosted by ASB Dean Professor Geoffrey Garrett at the UNSW CBD Campus in O’Connel Street, Sydney. Our own Ben Eisikovich, currently in his third year and recipient of the Maple-Brown Family Charitable Foundation Scholarship for Indigenous Students was the key speaker for the event. Ben impressed our guests including donors, students and staff with his sincerity, warmth, maturity, professionalism and passion. Here is his speech: Before I begin I would like to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation and pay my respect to the Elders past and present. I would also like to thank Professor Garrett, Dean of the Australian School of Business for his warm introduction. Could I get a show of hands of all the scholarship recipients in the room tonight? That’s awesome, thanks guys! My question to you is what have you done with the gift of your scholarship you have been given? My donor Mr Robert Maple-Brown sadly passed away in the first six months of my university experience. I never had the opportunity to meet him, but he believed in me and since that day I have made the most of the gift given to me: The Maple-Brown Family Charitable Foundation Scholarship for Indigenous students. I have ensured that I give back to this great university, make the most of the opportunities that come my way and as Robin Williams says in Dead Poets Society “Carpe Diem” which means ‘seize the day’. This scholarship is one of the main reasons I am standing before you all today. I come from a single parent home and growing up on a low wage single income was difficult. So when it came to the time of looking at applying for universities the question really became ‘how are we going to afford this? Is it a matter of me taking up additional employment and working night shifts? Or do I get Mum to help me out by obtaining another job?’ And I really didn’t want to put the additional stress on my Mum as she already works hard enough as it is. So receiving this scholarship was a god send because it relieved us both of the financial burden and stress. Having this piece of mind has enabled me to not only focus on my studies but also develop in ways that may not have been possible if I didn’t have this scholarship. One of the ways in which this scholarship has assisted my development is through the kick start it has provided to my career. It sets me apart from other students as a unique individual in the application process because I have something different than they do. I have someone, in my case the MapleBrowns, who have found me worthy of investing in. Consequently I have had the opportunity to Intern with Leighton Contractors in their Infrastructure Investment Team. This has been ongoing since my first year at university where I work full time over the holiday periods and 1-2 days a week during semester. This experience has been priceless in not only applying what I learn in my Finance and Accounting majors to the real world, but giving me the ability to experience what being a professional within the corporate sector is all about. Over my time I have had the pleasure of conducting management accounting, working on financial models and generally assisting my team with bids for Public Private Partnership infrastructure projects. I will give you two examples of projects in which my Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 4

team has won to emphasise just how large these deals can be. In 2011 my team was selected as preferred bidder on a project over in Adelaide called the New Royal Adelaide hospital which is the largest Greenfield healthcare precinct in the southern hemisphere. This project raised $2.5b debt from a bank syndicate of 28 banks (international and domestic). More recently my team was awarded the PPP tender for a project over in New Zealand called Transmission Gully which is a $1bn road project with construction of the 144km freeway set to begin this year.

Ben with Mrs Susan Maple-Brown, Professor Martin Nakata and Rebecca Harcourt

ASB Scholarship Thankyou Reception 2014 Another way in which the scholarship has assisted me is the opportunity to build my social network. Being a scholarship holder reaffirms and builds confidence in your own ability as it provides a greater appreciation and belief for the skills and experiences you possess. This is because you have successfully beaten other candidates in being selected as a recipient for a scholarship and therefore you have what it takes to be the best and excel. There is also confidence in the fact you are not alone on your university journey and you have an array of people to turn to for guidance. This includes your donors, ASB Scholarships support staff; UNSW Scholarships support staff and more importantly other scholarship recipients. You really don’t realise how crucial other recipients can be as you transition through the years at uni. Some of my good friends today were those that I met at the first year scholarship barbeque held early semester one every year. Not all of them are within the business faculty, so to have friends from faculties other than your own within the first couple of weeks at university is a privilege which people without scholarships don’t have. Over my time at university I have had the opportunity to get involved with all the things that make attending this university the best and most enjoyable. This includes UNSW initiatives such as attending seminars and networking events hosted by Careers and Employment or academic workshops held by the Learning Centre. I have also been involved in a number of clubs and societies but just to name two; there is the Durak society, a Russian card game society that allows you to unwind and relax with other students over a game of cards and of course, being part of the ASB you are involved with BSOC our student business society. I have also had the opportunity to get involved with sports and recreational through the UNSW Boxing and Muay Thai, which I assure you is just for fitness purposes! Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 5

However, the initiatives and programs that are closest to my heart and which I enjoy the most are those that come out of my Indigenous unit: Nura Gili. The first program is Winter School. This is a one week residential program for current Indigenous high school students that is held between semester one and semester two every year. It allows participants to experience what being a student at university is like and allows them to learn more about a chosen area of study that they choose. It has been an absolute pleasure being involved with co-facilitating lectures and mentoring such a bright and intelligent bunch of students that will be coming through the tertiary system and corporate sector over the coming years. It is quite exciting for me to witness this change happening before me!

‘Pitch in the Lift’ Winter School 2012 Another program that I thoroughly enjoy is the UNSW Indigenous Pre Programs. This is a four week intensive program for recently graduated year 12 Indigenous students + seeking pathways into university. I recently had the opportunity to tutor seven students on the program in all the first year commerce subjects, everything from the quantitative subjects such as statistics, accounting and finance to the qualitative subjects of management and marketing. Most of the activities and initiatives that I have been involved with mainly occur outside of class hours and require preparation. If I didn’t have the scholarship I know I would not be able to get as involved as much as I have because I would have to be going to work. I know this is true because I have talked to a lot of students who do not have a scholarship and they all tell me they wish they had the opportunity to stay back for these events. Having a scholarship and talking with others who have a scholarship has illustrated just how life changing an event can be for individuals and the impacts that this has on them and their families. It has inspired to give back and assist Indigenous business students because I could not imagine a better feeling than knowing I have not only changed a person’s life but the generations that follow them. I would just like to thank from the bottom of my heart Mrs Sue Maple-Brown and the whole Maple-Brown family for the continued belief and support that they have provided me with from day one. I look forward to sharing all my continued successes this year with you. On this note I would like to thank you all for your attention and look forward to talking with you later tonight. Thank you. Ben Eisikovich Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 6

On the 30th of January 1995 a baby girl was born in the Thursday Island hospital at 3:27am, from then on a colourful and challenging life awaited her.

As an only child till the age of 9 I explored the family property whilst my parents and grandparents ran our family business. I became largely independent and enjoyed being on my own. My days generally consisted of swimming at the beach, playing with our dogs and sometimes visiting our neighbour who would always have the best cookies. Throughout the week the family business was very different to a 9-5 working day. There were always complications which was predictable in a situation where four people are trying to manage a seafood export company, a ferry and bus transport service, as well as a fuel and gas station.

Paris Salam with her friend Tanisha Vandenbos, Thursday Island Harbour

I had been a part of that environment from the day I was born. The rumble of busses and the roar of the boat engines were familiar sounds of my childhood. No day was the same as the last and there was never a dull moment, except for when my grandfather would get mad at me for being in the wrong place at the wrong time! Weekends were quite the opposite to the busy hustle and bustle of the week. We would pack the dinghys up with food, camping supplies, spear guns, fishing lines and then venture out to one of the many islands that, together, constitute the Torres Straits. As the boats approached the sandy shore the colourful coral and frolicking fish enticingly invited all the children into the crystal clear water. As the adults unpacked the boats and set the camp site up, myself, my brother and my cousins would run up and down the beach, in and out of the water and eventually return to the camp with a collection of shells and pieces of drift wood to show our parents. The sun burning down and not a cloud in the sky everyone would slowly make their way into the water with an ice cold beverage to combat the heat. The dogs would rest under the shady trees and there would be endless conversation between all the adults.

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Perhaps, one of my fondest childhood memories is the joy of finding pippies in the sand on the edge of the water. I would dig my hands deep down into the sand and pull them out, placing them in a bucket. I would do this for hours and fill up several buckets; they could be huge, I would get so excited. My dad would throw them onto a piece of corrugated iron over the camp fire. As they slowly cooked one at a time, everyone would walk onto the beach and crowd around, waiting until they were ready to be eaten. Sydney is almost the extreme and opposite end of the spectrum for me to the Torres Straits. The crowded walkways drain me and the polluted air clouds my mind. Since moving to Sydney I have learnt to be grateful for the little things and cherish my past memories because those memories are my only connection to home when I am this far away. Being away from home for such a long period of time is like nothing I've ever experienced before. The fresh salty air that would lift my hair up and make it dance in the sunlight seems a world away. The waves rolling up the shore, reaching out to pull me into the blue therapeutic abyss seem to still have a hold on me. Sometimes I can still faintly smell my Nan’s crayfish mornay swirling through the air the way it did when I would walk home in the late afternoon. What I have now come to understand is that being away from home is not only a physical separation but also a spiritual and mental separation as well. I can feel the separation in every inch of my body and it aches sometimes, longing for something so far away can be tiring because as much as you want or need, the distance only seems to get greater. The islands are a beautiful place and they hold many memories for me. It’s a place I'm proud to call home and I have a true spiritual connection too. The love for a place is not like the love for a person or a thing; it is much different, unexplainable and unique to each person who has a connection to that place. The link I share with the Torres Strait Islands is something I have shared since birth and overrides any possession or desires I have now or in the future. The islands are my home and wherever I am, they will always be my home.

Paris with her family in Ravenshoe 2012

Paris Salam Paris is currently in her second year at UNSW, studying Law and Arts, with a major in Politics and minor in International Relations.

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by Damian Shannon I am an Indigenous graduate from the UNSW Australian School of Business. During my final year of my degree I decided to enrol in the Diploma of Professional Practice, in conjunction with my studies for a Bachelor of Commerce. The Diploma of Professional Practice is designed to give students a competitive edge in the graduate employment market. This program is designed to give students the necessary skills and knowledge to obtain graduate employment, by equipping students to develop a greater self-awareness. The diploma subjects are contextualised within contemporary issues like global citizenship, the changing nature of leadership, the impact of technology, work life balance and emotional intelligence. To be honest I only enrolled in the diploma to maintain a full time study load status. While my intentions for enrolling in the diploma maybe dubious, the knowledge and self-awareness I developed over the program is unquestionable. I started the program having a vague idea of what I wanted to achieve in my career and what motivated me. During the program I learnt how to conceptualise my values, interests and career goals. By the end of program I had a clear understanding of my career goals, what motivated me, what I valued and more importantly I learnt the power of reflection. One of the lecturers summed up this transition when she explained: “At the start of the diploma you’ll have an idea of things you value, but by the end you’ll know why you value something.” As part of the program, students are required to undertake two work placements. I completed my first placement at AMP spending time with the Organisational Development and Internal Communications teams. The connections and insights I gained from my time at AMP continue to be invaluable. I was fortunate enough to complete my second placement with John Holland where I am now currently working as a HR graduate. I commenced working at John Holland at the beginning of this year. For my first rotation, I have been working with the National Employee Relations team; a team that provides advisory services across the whole organisation. This allows me to gain exposure to a wide range of matters from disciplinary and performance management to industrial relations. The past three months have been a huge learning curve. Whilst I never pictured myself working in Employee Relations and dealing with Employment Law matters I am thoroughly enjoying the experience. The key lesson I took away from my experience is don’t simply view university as a place to develop your technical skills. View university as a place where you can develop emotionally and spiritually. See the value of learning and take full advantage of all available opportunities. Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 9

"I first saw Utopia at the first screening at the Block in Redfern, this is a very confronting movie which all Australians must see." Danielle Hobday "The importance of this extraordinary documentary created the atmosphere for the night. Utopia is an eye-opening film, and a critical part of Indigenous history. Some of the most distressing and astounding scenes from it are still in the back of my mind to this day." Rhyan Clapham “Utopia uncovered so many issues faced by Indigenous people. Watching it with so many people, you could feel the whole audience captivated from beginning to end. At times I was so overwhelmed I didn’t even realise I was crying. If you don’t know about Indigenous cultures and communities in this country and in particular, issues faced by our people watch this film. Rianna Tatana Two free public screenings of Utopia have been screened and well attended by at UNSW recently, first in the Faculty of Law organised by Kaleesha Morris and the second at the Clancy Auditorium organised by Cassandra Nock- see page 11- a sponsored by Nura Gili and CSE.. Nura Gili’s Jonathan Captain Webb opened the Clancy Auditorium screening with a particularly moving Acknowledgment to Country. Nura Gili students Rianna and Rhyan who both live at UNSW International House are now advocating for Utopia to be screened there. For a list of upcoming screenings of Utopia, visit:

Nura Gili students: Marlee Ramp, Rhyan Clapham Jonathon Captain- Webb, Rebekah Hatfield

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Utopia Screening by Cassandra Nock.

Chris Graham, Cassandra Nock, Andrew Knight

After I attended the premiere of Utopia with some friends at the Block in Redfern on 17 January, they commented how shocked they were about how little they knew of this part of our country's history. They are intelligent people with a strong social conscience so I found myself thinking that the reason these atrocities happened, and are allowed to continue happening today, is not because people don't care, but simply because people are unaware of what is going on. When I was approached by Chris Graham, Associate Producer on Utopia, one of my oldest friends, with a suggestion to organise a UNSW screening, I leapt at the chance. I'd never organised an event bigger than a birthday party before, so my initial thoughts were that I would book a UNSW seminar room and try to get 100 people to attend, but after Chris told me that RMIT were also organising a screening for 500 people I though UNSW should do better! Chris offered to attend and introduce the film, and I suggested that if he was going to be there we should organise a Q&A for after the screening. The event quickly built from there, with a commitment from John Pilger, Utopia Director and Amy McQuire, Utopia Researcher for the Q&A. Shortly after my initial discussions with Chris I was able to obtain sponsorship from CSE and Nura Gili. We promoted the event for just under 3 weeks and our turnout was approximately, 650 people. After the event , the feedback I received was mostly of gratitude, from people who, like my friends at the premiere, were shocked to find out that they didn't know about any of it. There was also a sense of disbelief in some cases. Some people couldn't understand why they hadn't heard about any of these issues on the news, read about them in newspapers, or learned about them in school. Someone even commented to me that if it hadn't been a film by John Pilger they wouldn't have believed any of it. I knew that in organising an event like this, most of the people who would turn up would already have some knowledge about our shameful history. To some extent we'd be preaching to the converted, but I hoped that if just a few of these people brought a friend or family member who would be learning about these things for the first time, and it sparked a conversation at the dinner table, then maybe it would make a small difference. And I'd do this again in a heartbeat! Cassandra is Head of CSE Student Services, UNSW School of Computer Science and Engineering

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Walama Muru is a volunteer program run in partnership with Arc, the student organisation at the University of New South Wales, and Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit. The aim of Walama Muru is, as the Eora translation suggests, ‘the return of a road or path’ in which we attempt to ‘reconnect two communities’ through a variety of community development projects. Here, volunteers engage in a meaningful exchange of culture and perspectives which leaves them with a strong sense of achievement and, more importantly, a greater sense of cultural awareness through active participation in a form of grass-roots practical reconciliation. In undertaking projects, volunteers travel to a regional Indigenous community and this year the program aims to return to the community of Gilgandra in New South Wales to build on the achievements of last year and to undertake a variety of new development-based projects. Through the Nura Gili Indigenous programs unit Walama Muru is in regular dialogue with the community and alternative destinations are sometimes arranged if situations within the proposed community change prior to the trip. The ability to respond appropriately to changes within the community reflects the benefit of guidance from Nura Gili as well as Walama Muru’s ideological foundations of cultural awareness and sensitivity. In this process Nura Gili’s Michael Peachey and Cheryl Ah-See play a crucial role. They have participated in Walama Muru since its inception in 2008 and are central to building a bridge between the visited community and the volunteers. Some of the projects Walama Muru has worked in the past include the construction of a community playground, the restoration of bus shelters, planting a sustainable veggie patch and refurbishing the community’s basketball court. Throughout the year Walama Muru organises a number of events such as BBQs and Bake Sales on Campus Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 12

as well as Movie and Trivia nights to cover the expenses of project equipment, transport and travel costs. Walama Muru also engages in cultural awareness trainings in local high schools to raise awareness of the different issues and discrimination many Indigenous people face on a regular basis. Travelling to a regional community, meeting new people in the volunteer team, learning new skills and being exposed to a vastly different culture encourages both an appreciation of, and responsiveness to change. Walama Muru develops leaders who are capable of initiating change by inspiring its volunteers to actively implement such change and become key stakeholders in their own communities. Throughout the program, volunteers interact and socialise forming lasting friendships and a positive view of Arc, UNSW and the wider community. Moreover, it provides the perfect environment where Indigenous, Non-Indigenous, Local and International students can engage in cultural exchange and be part of the UNSW global community. If you are interested in participating in Walama Muru 2014 and be an active participant in Reconciliation please email for more information about how to apply for the volunteer program. Denise Goldmann - Walama Muru Walama Muru Student Coordinator

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Fun, food and feel good tunes were what attendees enjoyed at the Close the Gap lunch held at Nura Gili on the 20th March. This event consisted of an Indigenous art exhibition, where students donated artwork, which will be auctioned online at a later stage; an educational talk about the campaign, by Debbie Hunt from Oxfam Headquarter, followed by music provided by Rhyan Clapham and friends. For those of you who don’t know what Close the Gap is, it is a campaign run by Oxfam to educate people on and bring awareness to the outrageous health disparities between Indigenous and nonIndigenous Australians Over a thousand events were held across the country in support of this campaign, with our lunch being on of them. The Indigenous Society hopes to hold more events like this in the future- so please keep an eye out for them! Rebekah Hatfield, UNSW Indigenous Student Officer

L-R Jake Ferguson Amy Kennedy Desiree Kilduff, Riley Court Bennett

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I was born and raised in a small country town in North Western Queensland called Winton, the official home of QANTAS and Waltzing Matilda with a population of less than 1000. Growing up in the country was great fun, however when it came to furthering your education it was very difficult, especially when I always wanted to go to University. In the 2003, I was introduced to the opportunities of tertiary education. I attended an Engineering camp TELG in Rockhampton at CQU Central Queensland University. From here on I really wanted to study at University but I didn’t know in which program. In the summer of 2004, I was first introduced to UNSW and Nura Gili. I was selected to attend the IAESS- Indigenous Australian Engineering Summer School and I met Donna Bailey from the Engineering Faculty. During this program I was really fascinated with Bio-Medical and Mechatronics Engineering. I’ve always wanted to help those in need and I thought by studying these two disciplines I would be able to create artificial organs and prosthetic limbs to help others. However, I still had this love for animation and film. During IAESS I met Jilda Simpson and Sue Green from Nura Gili. I spent a lot of time during the program talking to Jilda and Sue about my love for animation and film and they recommended I apply to UNSW Indigenous Winter School and keep my options open. In July 2004 I was back in Sydney at Winter School doing Visual Arts. During, year ten and eleven, I was enrolled in three different schools: Winton State School, Brisbane School of Distance Education and Virtual Schooling coordinated by a School in Brisbane. When it came submitting my assessments and school work I continuously sent the work to the wrong school. At the conclusion of year eleven I had a really difficult decision to make, continue onto year twelve with average marks or repeat year eleven. In the end I knew the only option was to repeat year eleven. Mid-way through, I was still struggling with having to submit work to three schools, I had complications with medical conditions and I really struggled with the continuous bullying at school. I then made the hardest decision of my life: to leave my family home alone and move to Hervey Bay to further my education. In 2005, I was selected to attend the Indigenous Engineering Summer School and Winter School at UNSW. From being given the opportunity to attend these programs for a second time, I knew my dream to further my education could hopefully come true. The only university I wanted to attend was UNSW, as the support for Indigenous Australians is incredible. The people within UNSW and Nura Gili went out of their way to ensure I was always looked after and I continued to keep in contact with Nura Gili when I was back in Qld. Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 18

When I returned to Hervey Bay after Winter School, my life was flipped upside down; I was forced out of my accommodation with my sister. Eventually I moved into Youth Centre. I really struggled with keeping up with school work and I struggled with family relationships and my medical conditions. Throughout this time, I continued my dream to go and study at UNSW. Around Christmas of 2005, I was planning to go to Tafe to repeat my Senior Certificate so I could go to UNSW. I then received a phone call from Sue Green at Nura Gili about an alternative entry to UNSW. I was really excited about being given the opportunity to even be considered. I came down to Sydney for an interview with the Engineering Faculty at UNSW and I was successfully accepted into Engineering. Nura Gili helped find accommodation for me to live at New College. When I first moved to Sydney in February 2006, I learnt very quickly the difference between the country and the city: In the country when you walk pass someone in the street it’s a sign of respect to say g’day and give a wave. In reality, it’s probably the only person you’ve passed for the last half hour and you are probably thinking wow a friend! In the city everyone’s in a rush to get to their next meeting, class or work and they don’t even look at you; it’s as if they have tunnel vision. So on my first day of university I was all excited about my first class ENG 1000 in the Clancy auditorium and meeting new people. I was walking down the uni walk, all cheerful, with my true Bogan accent, saying g’day and waving to every single person I walked past. I pretty much felt like the Crocodile Dundee in New York. It was pretty embarrassing when I rocked up late to class, walked through the wrong door and ended up on stage! I really struggled with the sudden change from the High School to University; the curriculum in Queensland schools was very different to New South Wales. I spent 30 hours a week with both ITAS and New College tutors doing Algebra and Calculus. Half way through my first year I had a meeting with the Engineering Faculty about my results. I sat down with Sue Green and had a hard think about whether Engineering was the right career choice. I realised I was great with the designing aspects of Engineering but I was absolutely terrible with the theory. I then made the dramatic change from Engineering to Digital Media at COFA and have never looked back. Digital Media gave a new opportunity for me to give back and to help others in an unique way. COFA is unique in many ways, the diversity of cultures and appearances. I went to my first class in rugby shorts and a QLD jersey, I felt so out of place but I was welcomed because of my passion for sports. The lecturers and tutors have all worked within the industries so as a student you gain first hand information on what to expect. This is really special, especially when you know they want to see you succeed. Studying at University is completely different to school, I had to motivate myself to attend class and finish assessments on time. Lecturers and Tutors don’t harass you for your assessments as teachers do, if you’re late, you’re marked down and this was a wake-up call for me. The late night cram sessions, at the time they were a challenge but now I think of them as a highlight as it revealed the importance of organisation and time management – an area I’m still working on!

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I’m now in my final year of my Masters of Digital Media and spend much time in front of the computer editing video and sound. My goal within Digital Media is to gain as much knowledge from the film industry, create my own company and help others to succeed, through providing opportunities in the industry. My dream job is to start my own production company and work with Indigenous communities to create their own film stories and teach them about the industry. I hope to move to the USA and gain a more understanding of the industry and the workings of Hollywood blockbusters. I’ve always wanted to be a Cinematographer which is a Director of Photography. Who knows I might even stay on and work for Nura Gili to support our next generation. I also plan to do a PhD in Digital Media in relations to Indigenous Australians. College life was one of the greatest things I have ever done. Living on campus and being involved with the university is incredible: the competitive sports between colleges, the rivalry, the pride and passion for your college are all highlights. The friends you make, the hours I spent in the dining room at lunch or in the common room talking to people and getting to know them is memorable. I’ve always been strong about giving back to the community, to support future generations, to encourage others to achieve their dreams no matter how big or small. From 2006 to the present I have been a Winter School supervisor. Since 2010 I have also supervised pre-programs. Since 2004 I’ve always volunteered my first week of holidays to go and support the Engineering Link Group as they were the first organisation to really help me to move forward to further my education. I’ve also been to England and China helping students to further their educations in the field of their choice. I’m most proud of seeing students that I’ve looked after at Winter School, Pre-Programs and other programs I’ve been involved with coming to various universities and succeeding with their own education and career paths. There are many role models in my life, I see everyone as unique and so many have influenced me through their own dreams. The greatest role model in my life is my Mum. She always pushed me to continue when I wanted to give up. There are three others who have really supported me through my education and they probably don’t even know: Sue Green, she has always welcomed me into her home and supported me through the tough and good times; an inspirational person. I would not have been at UNSW and Nura Gili if it wasn’t for Sue. Paul Richards opened my eyes up to the opportunities of further education in particular engineering. He is always there as a role model and sharing a good joke. I’ve travelled to England and China with him and his knowledge of the world is incredible.

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Jared Pritchard was a close friend of mine at New College and before he passed away, he always supported me with my university studies. He was a great role model to those with a disability. He was paralysed and wheelchair bound after suffering two strokes. I think his will to walk and to be able to work in the music industry was one of the greatest eye openers: to never give up on your hopes and dreams. As well as studying, this year I am working part-time with Nura Gili as an additional student support officer. I coordinated Ngurra for the commencing Indigenous students to UNSW and I am currently tutoring students in ATSI subjects.

For all our students my top tips are Never give up on your dreams, no matter what life throws at you. Always remember that there is someone out their willing to help you. Never be afraid of making a mistake, everyone does, learn from it. Greatness can come from that mistake. Network: Get involved in everything, meet new people as one day you may develop a company with that person. Be active within your own community. Remember where you come from and who you are.

To me Nura Gili is the heart and soul of Indigenous people and non-Indigenous people coming together to support each other to achieve great potential in tertiary education and beyond. With great support for all our Indigenous students studying at UNSW, Nura Gili is home away from home. Nura Gili staff all go beyond their roles to ensure the students are well cared for, supported with both their studies and pastoral care. Nura Gili staff are always there to sit down and to talk to you about absolutely anything, and you know it is always confidential and no one will ever judge you. Joining the team at the beginning of this year is my way of giving back to Nura Gili all the support I was given whilst I was coming through my education. Nura Gili is a massive family with laughs and giggles along the way everyone supporting each other. Scott Parlett.

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Rianna Tatana is in her third year studying Theatre and Performing Arts with the School of Arts and Media (SAM) here at UNSW Australia. Rianna was interviewed by Bangarra Dance Theatre and has successfully been accepted for an internship as part of SAM’s Performing Arts Internship program. Through the internship she will have the opportunity to learn more about Bangarra’s Rekindling program. In particular gaining insights into how Bangarra approaches relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to create and deliver innovative dance workshops fusing culture and contemporary dance techniques. Rianna is looking forward to connect and spend up to two days a week this semester with a company as renown as Bangarra through an internship that is also recognised and contributes directly to her degree studies Rianna with her award @ Inaugural Nura Gili Awards 2013.

. Rebecca Harcourt

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Sunday, 6th July to Saturday 12th July 2014

Winter school changes lives! Every year we hear from students and teachers about how Winter School has given them the confidence to choose university as an option. This program is open to all Indigenous students in years 10, 11 and 12 who are considering tertiary studies at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. The program has been running since 2002 and has grown significantly since then, with Nura Gili receiving in excess of 300 applications last year. We expect that number to increase this year but unfortunately we only have 100 spots to offer, so applications must be fully complete and include all requested details, to be considered. The last page of the application is the Principal’s section, which needs to be completed for each applicant before being sent back to Nura Gili Students - see tips about filling in your application overleaf. The closing date for applications is 5pm, Friday, 11 April 2014. Incomplete or late applications cannot be accepted Cheryl Ah-See, Nura Gili Winter School Coordinator Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 23

Read through the application form before you begin –the form is available on our website;

Tell us your answers in detail- remember it is very competitive so we need to know as much as possible about you, what motivates you, what you are studying, involved with and interested in – at school, at home and in the community

If you have any questions about the application form and process give us a call at Nura Gili on (02) 9385 1559 or email us at:

Make sure every section of the application form is filled in and signed, including by yourself, your parent and your school principal

When you have finished writing your application form, get someone else to read through it and give you some feedback. This could be your teacher, someone in your family and/or someone in your community

Make sure you go through the checklist at the end of the application form to ensure you have completed every section and have included all the attachments required so we can consider your application.

The best way to send your application form is via email- if you are going to send it through the post make sure you post it at least 3 days before the deadline

Nura Gili staff do not chase up incomplete application forms however we do encourage you to call us to check your application has been received and everything is completed.

Send your application in as soon as you can and definitely by the deadline :

Remember the application deadline is 5pm, Friday 11 April, 2014 For more information contact Nura Gili on Telephone: (02) 9385 3805 Email: Website:

Nura Gili News Edition 6 Special Winter School Edition click here to read about last year’s program:

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UNSW holds the key to your answers… How do I get into UNSW? What if I don’t have the ATAR score needed to study the degree I want to study? What do I want to study? How will I financially support myself? Where am I going to live? What type of support will I receive? Is it fun being a UNSW student?

Come along to our Year 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Info Day and open the door to the answers to your questions… Our Info Day is designed to provide you with an interactive UNSW experience that will leave you feeling inspired and wanting more… Program  Meet and Greet with Professor Martin Nakata (B. Ed. Hons. PhD)|. Director of Nura Gili and Michael Peachey Nura Gili Student Services Manager  Intro to UNSW  Campus tour  Faculty visits  Accommodation tour  Student Life @ UNSW  Question and Answer session  And more…. Celebrating our students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities 25

Target Audience and Area   

Year 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander TAFE students studying the Tertiary Preparation Certificate Sydney Region

Date: 20th August Time: 9am – 3pm Transport will be provided from allocated pick up spots. This service is free. Morning Tea, lunch and nibbles will be provided.

Year 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Info Day Please visit or call Nura Gili on 02 9385 3805 for registration details.

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“I want students to walk away from us believing that they have the ability to be anything they want to be as long as they have a dream and they never give up” Leearna Williams.

Photo- Winter School 2012

Each year Nura Gili attends Indigenous and non-Indigenous careers expos and conducts our ‘Light and Fire’ presentations at schools and TAFEs as part of our Recruitment and Outreach activities. We travel throughout Sydney and across Regional NSW. The careers expos provide us with the opportunity to share information about Nura Gili and UNSW with prospective students and members of the community. Nura Gili invites schools, TAFEs, individuals and organisations to visit our Kensington campus where we conduct our presentation with you, including a tour of the UNSW campus. Visit us at Balnaves place- Home of Nura Gili and we will provide you with a great opportunity to learn firsthand more about Nura Gili’s programs, entry pathways and all about the different programs you can study with us Let us know if would like us to have a stall at or your school, TAFE, organisation or expo and if you would like to visit us here on campus Leearna Williams Nura Gili Student Recruitment Officer For more information please contact: Nura Gili on (02) 9385 3805 or email

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The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is one of Australia's leading research and teaching universities, with 9 outstanding faculties that offer courses in a range of different study areas, UNSW is a great choice to undertake your degree. At UNSW, we take pride in the broad range and high quality of our teaching programs. Our teaching gains strength and currency from our research activities, strong industry links and our international nature; UNSW has a strong regional and global engagement. In developing new ideas and promoting lasting knowledge we are creating an academic environment where outstanding students and scholars from around the world can be inspired to excel in their programs of study and research. Partnerships with both local and global communities allow UNSW to share knowledge, debate and research outcomes. UNSW’s public events include concert performances, open days and public forums on issues such as the environment, healthcare and global politics. With 9 outstanding faculties, over 300 study areas, located in one of the best cities in the world, over 50,000 students from every country in the world and commitment to Indigenous education and research ‘make UNSW your first choice’ Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Arts and Social Sciences is a recognised leader in arts, social sciences and, humanities teaching and research. With leading academics and industry experts, we offer you professionally relevant degrees and internationally recognised research opportunities. Study Areas: Arts, Australian Studies, Criminology, Dance, English, Film, History, International Studies, Indigenous Studies, Journalism, Languages and Linguistics, Media, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Politics and International Relations, Secondary Education, Social Science, Social Work, Sociology and Anthropology, Theatre and Performance Studies. Australian School of Business Recognised as one of the top business schools in Australia, our business degrees have been designed for the very best students, and suit a variety of career aspirations and interests. We offer you a flexible and creative teaching environment that ensures learning is cutting edge, and will connect you with some of Australia’s leading business experts to support your professional ambitions. Study Areas: Accounting, Actuarial Studies, Business Law, Economics, Finance, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, International Business, Marketing and Taxation, Faculty of Built Environment Built Environment is where the brightest students from around the world converge to study design, planning, construction, management and impacts of man-made buildings and infrastructure. We focus on the design, management and delivery of the 21st-century city and all its landscape, interiors, urban fabric and industrial design. Study Areas: Architectural Computing, Architectural Studies, Construction Management and Property, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Planning

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College of Fine Arts (Paddington Campus) As Australia’s premier Art, Design and Media school, COFA will help you unleash your creative potential, develop your skills and carve a niche that will set you up for a successful life as a professional artist. Study Areas: Art, Art Education, Art History, Design, Media Arts, Fine Arts Faculty of Engineering The Faculty of Engineering at UNSW is the largest in Australia, with the widest range of undergraduate degree choices, numerous scholarships and strong links to industry. We offer you 26 undergraduate degrees as well as several dual degrees. You will have the opportunity to take part in various student-led projects such as building solar cars; designing formula-style racing cars; and competing in the international Robocup soccer league. Our graduates are professionally accredited to work in Australia and around the world, and are offered jobs in the private sector, consulting, finance, government, academia and more. Study Areas: Biomedical Engineering, Bioinformatics, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Mining Engineering, Software Engineering, Surveying and Spatial Information Systems, Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering Petroleum Engineering Faculty of Law UNSW Law School offers the highest-rated law degree in Australia. Founded over 40 years ago, we constantly strive to lead and inspire change through public engagement and outstanding research. We will enable you to apply a rigorous, socially-responsible legal education to a diversity of careers. Study Areas: Law UNSW Medicine UNSW Medicine is one of Australia’s largest and most prestigious medical schools and offer innovative and unique teaching with links to some of Australia’s leading teaching hospitals, in both urban and rural NSW. We have an enviable track record in cutting-edge medical research and provide facilities that are world class. The Bachelor of Exercise Physiology is a recent addition to the Faculty’s well-established six-year undergraduate Medicine curriculum leading to the awards of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB BS). Study Areas: Medicine, Exercise Physiology Faculty of Science The Faculty of Science offers specialist degrees such as Psychology, Optometry, and Medicinal Chemistry, as well as degrees that allow students to explore the breadth of science before selecting a major. If you have a curious mind, want to learn from world renowned researchers and need a degree that is relevant to current issues, look no further than Science at UNSW Study Areas: Anatomy, Aviation, Biology and Biotechnology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Food Science, Genetics, Geography, Marine Science, Materials Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Medical Science, Nanotechnology, Neuroscience, Optometry and Vision Science Pathology, Pharmacology, Physics, Psychology, Physiology Australian Defence Force Academy (UNSW Canberra) At the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) in Canberra, UNSW offers undergraduate degrees in arts, business, engineering, science, and technology as part of training for midshipmen and officer cadets of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Study Areas: Arts, Business, Engineering, Science

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Nura Gili provides pathways to learning opportunities that embrace Indigenous knowledge, culture and histories. Nura Gili strives for excellence in educational services and works towards assuring participation and access to all the programs it offers. The staff and students at Nura Gili support community outreach programs to actively spread the message of the availability of tertiary studies. Staff and students also work to promote the centrality of arts, culture and heritage for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples - throughout UNSW and the wider community. The words Nura Gili are from the language of the Eora Nation, Nura meaning ‘place' and Gili meaning ‘fire/light'. Nura Gili at UNSW brings together these concepts to create the meaning ‘place of fire and light'. The theme of place remains important to the many cultures of Indigenous Australia. The University of New South Wales acknowledges and recognises the very place that we have all come together to work, share, study and learn as the traditional lands of three separate Aboriginal communities: the Bedegal ( Kensington campus), Gadigal (City and College of Fine Arts Campuses) and the Ngunnawal people (Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra). The site of UNSW is located near an 8000 year old campsite around which the people of the area taught culture, history and subsistence. From an age old past through to the present the site holds significance as a place for gathering, meeting, teaching and sharing. The concept of a fireplace and fire in general reflects the warm, relaxed and nurturing environment created by age-old fires many years ago, and recreated today by the staff and students of Nura Gili. The shared inspiration , drive and purpose for the staff and students of Nura Gili is that they belong to a community on campus where there is a fire burning, where people come together to share, as has been done for thousands of years. Nura Gili values the potential that education can offer, and with the theme of the fireplace in mind, we invite Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to gather, learn and share together, to light a torch of their own, to guide them, and light their way as they create their own journey.

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Nura Gili News Edition 11 March 2014  

As the stories and photos in this edition share Nura Gili and UNSW continues to be an environment where our students can and are thriving; w...

Nura Gili News Edition 11 March 2014  

As the stories and photos in this edition share Nura Gili and UNSW continues to be an environment where our students can and are thriving; w...