17 Feb 2017
Secretary Michael Coutts-Trotter and Brad Hazzard, former Minister for Family and Community Services attended the final meeting for the year of the Guiding Principles Yarning Circle (GPYC), which was recently formed to serve as the state-wide Advisory Group and oversee the implementation of the Guiding Principles across the state.
During the meeting, the Secretary and former Minister heard about the work done so far to promote the Guiding Principles across the state and discuss a shared vision to address the increasing number of Aboriginal children entering OOHC.
The December GPYC meeting included discussion on:
Throughout the year GMAR NSW has held meetings with various communities and FACS districts to promote the Guiding Principles, to discuss establishing Local Advisory Groups (LAGs) and to learn from communities who have made progress in this area. Communities visited included:
To continue to connect and provide support to these areas, a workshop will be held in April 2017 to progress establishing LAG’s in these communities.
Discussions have progressed in Hunter New England, as the district involved in the development of the Guiding Principles regarding the establishment of LAGs in Moree/Toomelah/Boggabilla/Mungindi and Tamworth/Gunnedah.
Work will continue in 2017 to engage with additional communities.
Nicole Yade, Project Manager on 9716 3447 or firstname.lastname@example.org