Speaker forums talk Aboriginal sports, politics and performing arts


The Learning Centre, Cnr Welsby Street and Mitchell Crescent, Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island

Queensland Government Minister Leeanne Enoch, Mayor Karen Williams, Uncle Bob Anderson, former AFL champion Che-Cockatoo Collins and actors Lafe Charlton and Mark Sheppard are just some of the guest speakers at Redland City Council’s second ‘Let’s Listen, Let’s Yarn’ Speakers Forum day on North Stradbroke Island on Saturday 12 September.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the day followed the huge success of the first Speakers Forums in August and would this time focus on Aboriginal sports, politics and performing arts.

“The Let’s Listen, Let’s Yarn Speaker Forums are designed to be diverse discussions about Aboriginal culture and issues, hosted by Council in celebration of the Quandamooka Festival,” Cr Williams said.

“We have received outstanding feedback from the first event in August, which saw laughter, tears and new understandings from the guest speakers and the room-capacity audience.

“We hope the second day will be no different with a focus on reconciliation and recognition and the different ways this can be achieved.

“Each of the 12 September forums is a timely subject, and I am honoured to be joining a line-up of guest speakers who can provide a rare combination of personal and informed insights to these discussions.

“It will be another event where everyone can to come with different viewpoints and experiences, and talk in the spirit of goodwill about Aboriginal issues in our community.”

Event details: ‘Let’s Listen, Let’s Yarn’ Speakers Forum, Saturday 12 September

The Learning Centre, Cnr Welsby Street and Mitchell Crescent, Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island.

Lets Listen Lets Yarn Forum Program Day 2

11am Forum Sport: The great Australian equaliser?
A discussion with Che Cockatoo-Collins, Kelly McKellar-Nathan, Dorinda Stone, Aunty Lyn Shipway and Marcia Laurie about the role sport plays in reconciliation.

1pm Forum United and divided: the challenges of Aboriginal business in politics
An overview of significant historic political milestones, current Aboriginal issues and where our nation is heading with reconciliation and recognition with Nance Haxton, Uncle Bob Anderson, Aunty Evelyn Parkin, Minister for Public Works and Housing and Minister for Science and Innovation Leeanne Enoch and Mayor Karen Williams.

3pm Forum “So, what’s this then….uuhh?”
A discussion with Aunty Donna Ruska, Tammy Pope, Mark Sheppard, Kaleenah Edwards and Lafe Charlton about tackling big issues through performing arts and the role theatre plays in breaking down barriers.

People are welcome to join one or all of the day’s forums, with general community admittance on a first come, first seated basis. The room will be closed if it reaches capacity. Please note that these panels are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances, including cultural observances.