Our three NACRS Aboriginal Community Workers,
Darren and Jeddah offer individual and group social and cultural support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders aged 50+, their carers, Indigenous people with disabilities and their carers.
Our Aboriginal Community Workers are usually available:
Monday-Friday and are based at the ‘Bottlebrush Studio’ at the Nimbin Community Centre. Please phone or pop in if you would like to meet Darren, Jeddah or Sharon for any reason.
The geographical coverage for all NACRS services are: Nimbin, Tuntable Falls, and Coffee Camp, Blue Knob, Goolmangar, Stony Chute, Mountain Top, Lillian Rock, Georgica, Jiggi, Keerrong, Koonorigan, Rose Road, Tuntable, The Channon, Modanville, Dunoon, Doroughby, Mt Burrell, Barkersvale and Wadeville.
The Aboriginal flag
was designed by artist Harold Thomas and first flown at Victoria Square in Adelaide, South Australia, on National Aborigines Day, 12 July 1971. It became the official flag for the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra after it was first flown there in 1972. Since then, it has become a widely recognised symbol of the unity and identity of Aboriginal people.
In 1994 the Commonwealth took steps to give the flag legal recognition. After a period of public consultation, in July 1995 the Aboriginal flag was proclaimed a ‘Flag of Australia’ under the Flags Act 1953.
In 1997 the Federal Court recognised Harold Thomas as the author of the flag.
The Aboriginal flag is divided horizontally into halves. The top half is black and the lower half red. There is a yellow circle in the centre of the flag.
The meanings of the three colours in the flag, as stated by Harold Thomas, are:
The Torres Strait Islander flag
was designed by the late Bernard Namok as a symbol of unity and identity for Torres Strait Islanders. Adopted in 1992, it was the winning entry in a design competition run by the Island Coordinating Council, a Queensland statutory body representing the community councils in the Torres Strait.
In the same year it was recognised by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) and given equal prominence with the Australian Aboriginal Flag.
In July 1995 the Australian Government recognised it, with the Australian Aboriginal Flag, as an official ‘Flag of Australia’ under the Flags Act 1953.
The Torres Strait Islander flag has three horizontal panels, with green at the top and bottom and blue in between. These panels are divided by thin black lines. A white Dhari (traditional headdress) sits in the centre, with a five-pointed white star beneath it.
The meanings of the colours in the flag are:
The Dhari represents Torres Strait Islander people and the five-pointed star represents the five island groups within the Torres Strait. The star is also a symbol for seafaring people as it is used in navigation.