Redefining the Mainstream: Local Government, Inclusive Communities

The Second National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism, Immigration and Human Rights


Bea Ballangarry
Community worker, Coramba, NSW
Margaret Bruggisser Atkin
Community worker, Coramba, NSW

Growing Community

Bea Ballangarry, Gumbaynggirr Elder and Margaret Bruggisser Atkin, share their reflections on their search for community in Coffs Harbour, Gumbaynggirr country.
What happens at ground level when the paths of two people working for community, come together.
What is the meaning of community when one represents the invader and the other the invaded?
When you are yearning for something different to the mainstream, what do you do? What is mainstream - all of us or some of us?
In 1997 we began a journey together. In this workshop we would like you to join us in a conversation as we walk along our path. We will share with you our changing processes, as we met the pleasant experiences or challenging situations giving you examples of attitude changes that have occurred in our community through our personal commitment.

Bea Ballangarry. Bea is a Gumbaynggirr Elder who holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, double majoring in Aboriginal and Islander Studies/Women's Studies. Bea is a published writer of poetry, prose, fiction and non-fiction. Is a Community Development Consultant, committed to growing community. Bea respects her total environment.
Margaret Bruggisser Atkin. I am a mother, partner of Stefan and Social Ecologist. I work with people who have been alienated by the mainstream. I believe the arts and culture are an important means of expression and communication. My life has been enriched by training in drama, nursing, teaching and lots of community committees

Presentation Type
60min. Workshop


Deakin Woolstores Campus, Geelong Waterfront
30 November - 1 December 2001