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AMRRIC gets together in Alice Springs

Participants of AMRRIC's April Strategic Development meetings. Photograph by lisahatz.com.au

Much like AMRRIC’s work, the AMRRIC Board is geographically dispersed, both nationally and internationally.  To combat the geography, the AMRRIC Board makes plans bi-annually to meet face to face and hold strategic development meetings alongside their regular Board and Annual General Meetings.  Simultaneously, the AMRRIC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group, established in 2017, meets with Board to take part in the strategic development discussions for the organisation.  

The first of these meetings for 2019 occurred in Alice Springs, traditionally known as Mparntwe, from the 12th to 14th April.  Each day was jam packed with discussion topics, starting at around 8am and going through until 4pm most days.  With months of planning going into the agendas for these meetings, AMRRIC ensures that its volunteer Board and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group members are engaged in contributing to strong outcomes for AMRRIC’s business planning and operations, governance and future development.  

It was at the suggestion of Ms Christine Ross, an Arrernte/Kaytetye desert woman herself and a member of both the AMRRIC Board and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group, that the timing of these meetings coincide with the Parrtjima Festival.  Parrtjima is a remarkable First Nations festival, showcasing some of the oldest continuous culture on earth through incredible and interactive sound and light installations. The staff and Board involved in the weekend meetings enjoyed the opportunity to down pen and paper in the evening to appreciate this extraordinary and highly-recommended exhibition.

The timing of the meetings also meant that staff, colleagues and volunteers coming back from remote community programs visiting Yuendumu, Yuelamu and Nyirripi, and Papunya, Mt Liebig and Haasts Bluff, were able to meet with the members of the Board and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group, and share outcomes of their recent trips.  A further highlight of having everyone together at all levels of the organisation was a workshop with Xfactor Collective’s Linda Garnett and Teisha Archer, where staff, Board and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group members focused on AMRRIC’s vision and how we will continue to meet this!

AMRRIC’s Networking Event was also a wonderful opportunity for AMRRIC’s stakeholders based in Central Australia to meet for the first time, or reconnect with our organisation’s representatives.  At the event, attendees heard updates from AMRRIC’s President and CEO on how the organisation will continue to work and engage with people in the region.

Overall, the first 2019 AMRRIC Board and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group Strategic Development Meetings were an extremely invigorating and productive few days, leaving AMRRIC’s staff with a full to-do list, as work continues on the outcomes of this time together.  AMRRIC thanks all of its voluntary governance team – both Board and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group members – for their ongoing commitment to its vision.

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