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Health scare leads Catholic school principal to new indigenous support role

Michael Nayler

AFTER surviving a brain aneurysm during Book Week celebrations last year, former Catholic school principal Michael Nayler has decided to spend the rest of his life supporting indigenous students in Queensland.    Mr Nayler is the newly appointed secretariat director of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation (QATSIF), which last year provided scholarships to 2290 indigenous students across ... Read More »

Western Sydney doctor to sail 15,000km solo to close indigenous literacy gap

Andrew Brazier

BOOKS are said to open doors to the world and the saying is especially true for self-taught sailor Andrew Brazier. The junior doctor, who studied at the University of Queensland, pursued sailing after reading the autobiography of Joshua Slocum, the first man to single-handedly sail around the world, and is now planning a solo voyage across the Pacific Ocean to ... Read More »

Priest who received free flights to Coen from Jonathan Thurston invites league legend to speak at Aboriginal Cultural Mass

Fr Rob Greenup

COWBOYS’ league legend Jonathan Thurston is to be honoured with an invitation to speak at Mareeba’s annual Aboriginal Cultural Mass. It’s a reward for a good faith gesture that has earned the respect of the town’s Augustinian priest, Fr Robert Greenup. “He’s a thoroughly decent fellow who helps where he can,” Fr Greenup, parish priest at Mareeba’s St Thomas of ... Read More »

Immersion experience takes students to heart of Australia

The Cathedral College, Rockhampton in Central Australia

CATHOLIC Mission and The Cathedral College, Rockhampton, have teamed up to create an immersion experience for students that took them to the heart of Australia. TCC youth ministry co-ordinator Maddie Derepas said nine students and two teachers experienced life in the remote communities of Central Australia. “Being our first immersion trip we wanted our students to have a sense of ... Read More »

Northern Australia’s first missionary priest remembered 170 years later

Fr Angelo Confalonieri

AT the long-abandoned British settlement in Northern Australia, a crumbling grave vault marks the resting place of an extraordinary pioneering Catholic missionary. The largely forgotten story of Father Angelo Confalonieri has come alive, after the Consulate of Italy for Queensland and the Northern Territory and the Diocese of Darwin hosted a symposium on July 12 to commemorate his life, and, ... Read More »

Indigenous communities unite to take urgent action to help women

No More Violence

THREE senior indigenous women have hailed the campaign called No More which uses sporting codes’ notions of fair play and respect as a successful way to curb the epidemic of family violence in Aboriginal communities. The campaign started with football teams in the Northern Territory linking arms before a game – in a silent and sincere pledge to end violence ... Read More »

Indigenous culture should be in Australian classrooms, graduating Catholic Torres Strait student says

graduates

INDIGENOUS high school graduate Sahamar Ruben wants Australia’s education curriculum to include studies in Indigenous culture for the sake of non-indigenous students. Miss Ruben, a Torres Strait Islander student from St Peter Claver College, Riverview, said an Indigenous culture class would educate Australians on the rich culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.  The grandchild of two Thursday Islanders, Miss Ruben ... Read More »

Torres Strait beauty shines in Australia’s first Aboriginal Model Search

Temanu O'Brien-Schmidt

INDIGENOUS beauty Temanu O’Brien-Schmidt is planning to put the “small islands” of the Torres Strait on the map if she becomes Australia’s next Aboriginal Supermodel. The Torres Strait Islander and Lourdes Hill College Year 8 student was selected as a national finalist for the first Aboriginal Model Search in Australia, to be held in Sydney on October 1. “I first ... Read More »

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