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Local Elders spend time at Acmena Juvenile Justice Centre

Local Aunties and Uncles from the Bunjalung and Gunbangyrr nations continue their monthly visits to Acmena JJC detainees to help them to connect with land, culture and community. 

Their recent visit coincided with a living skills session where the boys prepared and cooked a midday lunch for their guests. For many of the detainees, it was their first opportunity to enjoy baked whole snapper, cooked in the Orara Unit pizza ovens. 

The aim of the monthly visits is to capture the stories of the Elders who have grown up in the coastal and river areas of Nambucca, Sawtell, Coffs Harbour, Yarrawarra, Grafton, Maclean and Yamba and to turn their stories into artful representations of their local history. These creations are then being complied into a work book resource through the Induna Education and Training Unit at Acmena.

Shelle Cowan, Coordinator of the visiting Elders said they are thrilled to share their time with Acmena detainees no matter what nation or area they come from. She said the Elders message to the boys is simple, "you're writing your life story right now - this is just a chapter. Let's not make your time inside the whole story!"