THE Shoalhaven is well down the path to reconciliation, according to local Aboriginal leader Gerry Moore, but Australia as a nation is still a “work in progress”.
“The Shoalhaven is faring well when it comes reconciliation,” said Mr Moore, who is managing director of Habitat Personnel which provides employment services and support to the indigenous community.
“When you see how far things have come, I think we are doing pretty well.
“We have such a great community, such a strong and healthy business community and we’ve got a lot people in the community with goodwill.
“They are all great ingredients for a healthy community in general.”
However, he said nationally more work was required.
“We need to trust each other a bit more – build trust on both sides.”
To coincide with reconciliation week a number of local events will be staged, including performances by local Aboriginal dancers and an art exhibition at Stockland Nowra on Thursday.
Students step out on Sorry Day
By JESSICA LONG
A GROUP of Nowra High School students marked National Sorry Day on Monday with a walk along Scenic Drive, Nowra.
Carrying banners, flags and posters and accompanied by teachers the students from years 7-9 met with a group of elders from the community at Nowra Bridge.
Nowra High School special education teacher Francesca Pami said the students made their way to Bomaderry Aboriginal Children’s Home in Beinda Street, Bomaderry for a celebratory gathering.
“It is really important for the school to be part of celebrations like National Sorry Day to celebrate Aboriginal education,” she said.