Kirrawe Indigenous Corporation
Is a not-for- profit community based organisation providing culturally responsive services to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living on the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia.
Kirrawe is a Public Benevolent Institution, Deductable Gift Recipient and has Charity status under both the QLD Collections Act 1966 and Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission (ACNC).
The aim of Kirrawe is to be an accountable, responsible, compassionate organisation providing quality services and support to those most in need.
Through appropriate programs Kirrawe promotes cultural awareness in first Nations youth and is dedicated to ‘closing the gap’.
Rebuilding those lives affected by the cycles of inter-generational trauma; alcohol and drug misuse; domestic/family violence; unemployment; poverty; homelessness, as well as child neglect and removal.
We provide support and empowerment, providing a hand up not a hand out.
The Directors of Kirrawe believe that well functioning families are the cornerstone of our community with cultural identity through connection to family, community and country being the birth right of every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child.
We want our first nations children to have the same life chances as other Australian children, for them to grow up at home with their families, get a good education and be proud of their heritage and culture.
Kirrawe Kidz had their first practice on the first day of Summer with dance teacher Kargun Fogarty and his beautiful wife Suzette. A group of very motivated children learnt about respecting culture, the meaning to the dances and the importance of observing cultural protocols. Kirrawe Kidz leader Hayden wants the group to perform at the NAIDOC BALL 2014 and the Commonwealth Games both to be held on the Gold Coast.
To achieve their dream the group are scheduling regular training sessions with the help of Kargun and Aunty Mary Graham. Wonderful to see these young people embracing their culture and being proud of their heritage.
Kirrawe would like to thank the QANTAS Cabin Crew Team (Brisbane base) for sponsoring the Kirrawe Kidz Christmas Party and collecting the presents from Santa.
Thanks guys your support is greatly appreciated.
Kirrawe's new initiative - the Rosey's Cottage Program was officially endorsed at the Indigenous Child Protection Forum held at the Hub during Child Protection Week in September.
Rosey's Cottage will be a fully supported residential facility where Indigenous mums and their newborn infants can stay for up to 3 months, to prevent these babies going into care from the delivery room.
The community see this program as a priority and are supporting Kirrawe in raising the necessary funds through the following website:
Rosey's Cottage is desperately needed as there is no facility in the South East Region providing this type of culturally appropriate intensive intervention........leaving nowhere for these Mums to go when they need help.
The monies raised will also pay for skilled and qualified staff to work at the facility 24/7 providing care and support to prevent State Government Officials taking the babies immediately after birth, forever breaking the bond between mother and child.
The forced removal of babies at birth increases the trauma for Indigenous mothers and is detrimental to their social and emotional wellbeing.
Nationally Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children make up 4.7% of Australian children aged 0-17 years, yet in 2011-12, they comprised 32.4% or (13,268) of children under care and protection orders.
In 2012-13, it is estimated that 62% of all Indigenous children in Queensland will be known to the Department.
You can play your part to reduce this number through the Rosey's Cottage Appeal:
Donations can be made via Give Now or our secure Paypal account located at the top of this page or by making a direct deposit:
Bank - Westpac
Name - Kirrawe Gift Fund Account
BSB - 034 159
Account - 157 152
All donations over $2.00 are tax deductable so please email your details to
so a receipt can be supplied
Thank you for helping to reduce the number of Indigenous children in the Queensland care and protection system.
Please note: As Kirrawe is a registered Charity all funds raised for Rosey's Cottage will be used for this purpose with progress posted through Social Media.
On 30 July Kirrawe hosed a NAIDOC luncheon at the Labrador Community Hub with local Elder Aunty Joyce Summers presenting 'Spiritual Connection to Country'.
On 26 May 2013 Kirrawe hosted another successful Indigenous Art, Craft and Food Festival 'Stand Up Against Violence' at the Labrador Community Hub.
The Festival was held on National Sorry Day, at the end of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and marked the beginning of National Reconciliation Week. Over 260 people attended from as far away as Brisbane and Northern NSW.
On 13 February Kirrawe hosted a National Sorry Day Event with a presentation by Ms Kathy Frankland (DATSIMA) ‘A brief History of Government Administration of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in Queensland' followed by a buffet luncheon.
The Kirrawe Youth Project has now finished. Thse workshops incorporated fitness (healthy mind and body) with an Indigenous Personal Trainer; 'Horses Helping Humans' program; teamwork and leadership skills using cultural activities with an Aboriginal facilitator; as well as 'get set for work' activities, and a professional photoshoot.
The Kirrawe Aviation Experience was also very successful with many young Indigenous people participating in workshops where they learnt about the different employment opportunities in the aviation industry.
The program included working in teams; grooming; writing selection criterias and cover letters; positive communication and interviewing skills; and uploading their applications online with applicants being motivated and positive about their employment propects.
Kirrawe held several successful community events in 2012 including:
An Indigenous Festival during Child Protection Week with the theme 'Protecting Children is Everyone's Business';
An Elders luncheon in honour of the 'Stolen Generation', recognising and acknowledging the most respected members of our communities with Link-Up (QLD) as guest speakers;
National Apology Day 2012 event which incorporated an Art Healing Circle.
The Youth Programs were also successful with participation from young Indigenous people across the Coast eager to learn more about culture and heritage.
The Directors would like to acknowledge and thank FaHCSIA, DATSIMA, The Healing Foundation, Stolen Generation Alliance, Child Protection Week Committee, Gold Coast City Council, the Rotary Club of Southport and Wesley Mission for their support in 2012.
In 2012 CEO Mrs Rosemary Norman-Hill was:
Elected to the National Executive Committee of ACWA (Australian Community Workers Association - (Rosemary is currently Chair of the Qld/NT Branch). http://www.acwa.org.au/
Nominated for Southern Cross University Outstanding Ilumni of the year for 2012
Kirrawe Representatives have attended ACNC training/Workshops to ensure compliance with the new national accountability system.
ORIC will be providing further governance training in 2013 (Diploma in Business - Governance) and Kirrawe Directors who have successfully completed Certificate IV Business (Governance) will be eligible to attend, please read more.......
Acknowledge Traditional Custodians
Kirrawe would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land that we are operating on the Yugambeh nation.
Acknowledgement to the Indigenous Artists
Kirrawe Indigenous Corporation would like to acknowledge that the artwork used in this website were created by local Indigenous Artists Lionel Phillips and Liz Childs. www.kiarmadesigns.com.au
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