MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD
Due to the unexpected passing of one of our Elders, the planned Strategic Plan consultation in December was postponed. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this and we pass on our sincere condolences to the Lander and Stuart families at this sad time.
The consultation process will take place in early January. These sessions will be promoted via our Facebook Group. Please note, participation in these sessions is voluntary and no travel assistance will be provided. To register your interest in these sessions please phone the DAC office on (08) 8641 0092 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are unable to attend these sessions, you can provide feedback via an online survey that will be promoted on the Dieri website and the Facebook Group.
DAC launched a closed Facebook Group for registered Dieri Members this month to help improve our communication. We have received lots of positive feedback from Members and we will continue to improve this next year.
The Board has been working hard to implement governance processes and procedures. Part of this work includes updating the Membership Register to ensure DAC is compliant with ORIC regulations.
This is important because it also improves our ability to communicate with Members. Please make sure that you contact the DAC Office if any of your details change.
The DAC Office in Port Augusta will be closed from Monday 21 December 2020 and open on Monday 4 January 2021
DAC Annual General Meeting: Saturday 27 February 2021 Port Augusta
Strategic Plan Consultation Sunday 10 January 2021 10am to 12pm 6pm to 8pm Thyme on Argent, 220 Argent St, Broken Hill NSW
Strategic Plan Consultation Tuesday 12 January 2021 10am to 12pm 4pm to 6pm Marree Hotel, Railway Terrace S, Marree SA
Strategic Plan Consultation Thursday 14 January 2021 10am to 12pm 2pm to 4pm Standpipe Hotel, 3/5 Daw St, Port Augusta West SA
Strategic Plan Consultation Saturday 16 January 2021 11am to 1pm Comfort Inn Regal Park, 44 Barton Terrace East, North Adelaide
The Finance and Budget Sub-Committee has been working on budgets for the next financial year to ensure we have good oversight over the expenditure and future financial security for the Corporation.
Senex has again agreed to sponsor the Senex Art Prize Competition. If you are an artist, it would be a good idea to start preparing your artwork for presentation at the AGM for the prize.
It has been a very busy and at times challenging year with Covid-19. On behalf of the Board, I would like thank everyone for their efforts, patience and support this year. I would especially like to thank each of the Directors for their time and also their contribution toward developing a sustainable future for Dieri where all Members can fulfill their potential and live happy and healthy lives.
From everyone on the Board, we wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.
Kirsty Dadleh Chairperson The Dieri Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC
UPDATE FROM THE CEO
It has been a very busy year at DAC. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their hard work and also wish you all the bestforChristmas and the New Year.
OFFICE CHRISTMAS CLOSURE
The office will be closed from 18 December 2020 and will re-open on 4 January 2021. We are short staffed in the office at the moment and I ask for your patience as our staff process policy payments in the lead up to the end of the year.
In order to complete all of the current policy applications and incomplete applications, no new applications will be processed after 14 December 2020 until we re-open in the new year.
In the past three months Dieri Operations PTY LTD has been working hard to secure contracts and job opportunities in SA’s Far North.
These discussions are progressing well with opportunities for trades assistants, administration officers and jobs requiring a range of skills and experience.
If you’re considering a new job or career pathway over the Christmas break, please contact the DAC Office in the New Year so we can help you update your resume and obtain relevant training and certification.
UPDATE FROM THE CEO CONT.
MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING
While Christmas is a time for celebration and relaxing with family and friends, it can be a very stressful time for many people. Look out for each other, be kind to each other because you don’t always know what other people are going through at this time.
If you’re supporting someonewho has anxiety or depression these holidays it’s important to look after yourselftoo. You can talk to professional counsellors by contacting:
www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/get-immediate-supportor call 1300 22 4636
www.lifeline.org.auor call 13 11 14
From everyone in the DAC office, we wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and good health and happiness in the New Year.
Stay safe and look after each other over the holiday period.
Dieri Aboriginal Corporation
We Are Champions -9 A-Grade Finals in a row
The Port Augusta Darts held the annual Grand Finals on Wednesday 4 November 2020. This year the A Grade Grand Final consisted of Stirling V Jaguars, and we would like to acknowledge the great team in Stirling for a close Grand Final –Jaguars won 6-4.
This year has been very challenging due to Covid-19 which hindered 2020. At times I was unsure if we would play the remainder of the year but we were able to qualify with the program being adjusted.
At the beginning of the season, I made contact with Beach Energy Limited, who have been a great support of the Jaguar team over many years. Without their ongoing investment in a country dart team, we would not be a cohesive team.
Beach Energy Limited has made it possible for our logo to be represented and for that we are delighted. I designed the logo of the t-shirt with help from my daughters. To me the t-shirt represents fierce determination, balance of our cultural heritage and respect in the form of fire and water. I would like to congratulate and give thanks to the past and present players of the Jaguar Team, and the supporters who have dedicated their efforts in assisting the Jaguar Team throughout the years.
A special mention also goes out to our sponsor Beach Energy Limited and their ongoing and continued support.
DIERI IN THE NEWS
Channel 7 News –Friday 2 October 2020
Don’t forget to ask for a tax invoice or receipt when you purchase goods or services for policy payments.
You must provide copies of your tax invoices and receipts before payments can be processed.
This is necessary so that the Corporation complies with the ATO, audits and can claim GST back on goods received.
We appreciate your help with this.
Don’t forget to contact the DAC Office if you change your address, change your phone number or email details.
We are working to update the Membership Register to improve our communication with you.
Email email@example.com or call the DAC Office on (08) 8641 0092 if you need help.
GET BACK TO COUNTRY
Are you interested in spending time on Country in the New Year? Have you considered participating in the Work Area Clearances (WAC) program?
WACs are up and running, with COVID-19 procedures in place. This includes PPE gear such as face masks introduced by SANTOS.
Members are encouraged to apply for WAC by filling out the relevant forms. WAC inductions are completed online. You must provide your Proof of ID. Members can use the computers provided in the DAC Office.
Have more questions or need help to fill out the forms? Contact the DAC Office in the New Year and we’ll get you sorted.
NEW FACEBOOK GROUP
Our office has started a Facebook Group for Dieri Members. At this stage this is a closed group and is for registered Dieri Members only, as we are working to update the contact details in the DAC Register to improve our communication with Members.
If you would like to join the Facebook Group please email firstname.lastname@example.org your updated contact details (email, address and telephone number).
Check out the Dieri Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/DieriAboriginalCorporation
Elder Profile – Aunty Rhonda
LAST REMAINING DIERI NAME CLAIMANT
Name: Rhonda Gepp Kennedy. Gepp is my married name, Kennedy is my maiden name.
Where were you born? Hawker, South Australia
How old are you? I was born on 23 June 1950. I am 70 years old
Where do you live? Marree I’ve lived in Marree all my life
How many children do you have? I have seven children and many, many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
So it’s a big family then? Yes
What do you think it means to be Dieri? It’s good. It makes me think of my grandparents on my mother’s and father’s side.
How do you see the future for Dieri? Good! Positive future.
What would you like to see in the future for Dieri? People talking, getting on together would be good. It would be good for people to talk Dieri (language) but sometimes I can’t talk much. I never was taught some of the words. I can say a few words but I wish we spoke language more.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
COVID 19 UPDATE
Travel restrictions have been lifted in all States & Territories this month but we urge our Members to remain vigilant over the holiday period.
Many people will be travelling and gathering at large events over the Christmas break -which increases the risk of outbreaks in the community.
Protect yourself and the community from infection by regularly washing or sanitizing your hands and staying home if you are feeling unwell.
The DAC Office requires all Members and visitors to:
1.Sign the Covid-19 Contact Tracing Form at the front desk
2.Use hand sanitizer provided
3.Maintain social distancing (1.5 metres)
4.Only two (2) Members allowed in the reception area at one time
5.Do not attend the DAC Office if you have flu like symptoms or feel unwell.
Travel restrictions and outbreaks may occur over the holiday period. Check for updates via the Department of Health website: www.health.gov.au/news
6 Tassie Street (PO Box 695)
PORT AUGUSTA SA 5700
Phone: (08) 8641 0092 OR (08) 8686 8556
Fax: (08) 8641 1002
Office Open Hours 9:00am to 5:00pm – Monday to Friday