A great way to really get involved in local reconciliation is to join and attend events organised by your local reconciliation group. There are currently 22 registered Local Reconciliation Groups throughout NSW.
Most LRG’s meet regularly, create and host a range of events such as workshops, concerts, walks, tours and cultural gatherings. Many groups work with local government, schools and early learning. They have invaluable information about local Indigenous culture and history and are happy to share it.
Reconciliation NSW supports the Local Reconciliation Group network with regular network meetings, e-newsletters, special event funding opportunities and public liability insurance. At our Annual General Meeting, registered individuals and LRGs can meet and share stories about the work they are doing for reconciliation in NSW.
If there isn’t an LRG in your area you might want to start one of your own. See our factsheet: How to Start a Local Reconciliation Group.
Find out more about a Local Reconciliation Group (LRG) near you:
Contact: Diana Eades (email@example.com )
Meetings: Meetings open to all first Wednesday of the month (except January) at Kent House, Faulkner St, 5.30-6.30pm
Events: Annual Reconciliation Bridge Walk on Sunday of Reconciliation Week.
Film and discussion nights co-sponsored with local Aboriginal groups, active participation in and support of events organised by local Aboriginal groups.
Newsletter: usually 3 times a year
Contact: Peter Lucas (firstname.lastname@example.org )
This group holds regular members meetings, and an annual community breakfast annually in February.
Contact: Judy MacGregor (email@example.com )
Founded in 1997
Meetings: Five times a year at Ryde Library to discuss local matters related to First Nations peoples.
Events: Part of the Community Migrant Resource Centre’s Harmony Day event, held in March every year at Eastwood, Information stall at Hunters Hill Moocooboola Festival every August.
Contact: Lyn Bevington (firstname.lastname@example.org)
(est. in 1997)
Meetings: Monthly members meetings.
Events: Coordinate events for NAIDOC and Reconciliation week, work with the Aboriginal Culture and Resource Centre on various projects including supporting annual Sharing the Journey Elders Lunch, work with Wingecarribee Reconciliation to hold the Annual Mirror Flash across Gundungurra country in April.
Contact: Jenny Akers (Jajenjen15@gmail.com )
Private Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DungogReconciliationGroup
Meetings: monthly book club meeting on the second Saturday of the month. This book club primarily focuses on Aboriginal authors.
Events: gatherings to progress reconciliation in the Dungog area, please email for further information.
Contact: Dorothy Babb (email@example.com)
Est. in 1999.
Events: co-hosts a number of Reconciliation events with Hornsby Shire Council such as author talks at Hornsby Library, NAIDOC Week events and the long-established Hornsby Children’s Voices for Reconciliation in National Reconciliation Week. We produce regular newsletters.
Facebook: Kyogle Together Inc. – Home | Facebook
Events: Coordinate a Reconciliation Walk and Celebration Day in Reconciliation Week, this is a public reconciliation march through Kyogle followed by a celebration day at the Kyogle Amphitheatre. Coordinate NAIDOC Week Activities (in conjunction with Gugin Gudduba Aboriginal Land Council) and NAIDOC Celebration Day.
Contacts: Kerrie McKenzie (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rosemary Taylor (email@example.com)
Founded in 1997.
Events: Liaise with state/national reconciliation orgs, local government, schools and Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community groups in supporting programs and events relevant to Reconciliation at local, regional and national level.
Contact: email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Galari-Lachlan Reconciliation Group were formed with the amalgamation of Forbes & Parkes group.
Events: Participate in NAIDOC days, Festivals and other cultural gatherings.
Contact: Glen Crump (email@example.com)
Events: a regular calendar of NRW and NAIDOC events, Awards Ceremony, Community fun days, reconciliation bowls, reconciliation week park healthy cook off, trivia night etc
Contact: Frennie Beytagh (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Established in 1998 Mosman Reconciliation is part of the Northern Sydney Region Reconciliation Network (NSRRN), Reconciliation NSW, Women’s Reconciliation Network (WRN)and Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR).
Events: Every year during the Northern Sydney Guringai Festival and NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Day Observance Committee) Week, the group coordinates activities to promote an appreciation of Aboriginal culture and heritage and raise community awareness of Reconciliation issues.
Contact: Ann McKinnon-Baker (email@example.com)
Meetings: 1st Tuesday of each month (except January) + extra as required.
Events: Uncle Wes telling stories around the fire with light supper. Annual commemoration of the 2008 Apology (February) – speakers, gathering and dinner,
Annual Mt. Druitt Reconciliation Walk and Concert (May) – Performers, cultural activities, speakers, free sausage sizzle, stalls and walk through local streets.
Contact: Karen Gough (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Events: Reconciliation Week Walk. Contact us for other events.
Founded in 2000, the Reconciliation Network: Northern Sydney Region (RNNSR) comprises representatives of Northern Sydney Reconciliation organisations including Bennelong, Lane Cove, Mosman and Hornsby LRGs, plus Indigenous Services & Networks and Local Governments & Community Support Groups.
Meetings: Regular meetings at Hornsby council. Please email for details.
Contact: Richard Maguire (email@example.com)
Meetings: Monthly meetings of members and visitors on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.
Events: Annual Reconciliation Bridge Walk – usually the Sunday at the beginning of Reconciliation Week.
Contact: Bronwyn Sindel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Established in 1997.
Events: Annual Survival Day (26 Jan) event (welcome to Country, dancing, speeches, kid’s activities, weaving, dancers, music, barbeque, tea, cake, coffee), Annual National Reconciliation Week Public Event, and Annual NAIDOC Celebrations.
Contacts: Graham Avery, Shalah Johnson (email@example.com)
Est. in 1997.
Meetings: bi-monthly meetings and yarning circles.
Events: Support Survival Day (26 Jan) by joining the Yabun Festival on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people in Sydney at Victoria Park.
Join the Appin Massacre Memorial each year (April). Celebrate NAIDOC week (July) at Gunnamatta Park, Cronulla and make connections with our local community.
Host excursions to the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney to participate in bush tucker workshops; the Art Gallery NSW and State Library of NSW to view Aboriginal exhibits; Hazlehurst Regional Gallery for film nights showing current films or documentaries on Aboriginal topics.
Join the ANTaR ‘Walk for Reconciliation.’
Host bush tucker workshops to learn to grow and cook bush foods and a tasting time at the end.
Meetings: regular member meetings near Myall Creek.
Events: Annual commemoration service and gathering in June for the anniversary of the Myall Creek Massacre. Please contact us or see the website for further information. They accept donations which are tax deductible.
Contact: Peter Jones, Ann Madsen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Events: Appin Massacre Memorial (April); Sorry Day (May); Reconciliation Week (May-June); NAIDOC Week Festival Event (Walk and markets at Bradbury Oval – we have a stall (July); Winga Myamly Aboriginal Women’s Art Group (Minto Market Place Stall – periodically throughout the year).
Contact: Gus Johnson (Reconciliation.email@example.com)
Events: Annual Koori Flag Raising and Mirror Flash (April). Please email for details of other events.
Monthly Yarning Circles at Redfern Community Centre and via Zoom when required.