Mandandanji shop front now open

THE traditional owners of the Surat and Roma region, the Mandandanji people, have just opened an office in Arthur St, allowing for better access of their services in town.

Board chairman Darren Manns said he was proud of this huge achievement.

“This is the culmination of planning and hard work of past board members and Mandandanji people,” Mr Manns said.

Mandandanji Limited now has over 390 members, who elect a board each year, and whose goals are to work towards indigenous empowerment; maintaining culture, traditions, connections to family and country; developing opportunities for economic prosperity and sustainable business; and being leaders for the past, present and future generations.

“Having a base in Roma on country presents a real opportunity for the Mandandanji people to be part of the community and involved in conversations that can bring about change for our people,” Mr Manns said.

Mandandanji will be hosting the Mandandanji Dreaming program as part of the Easter in the Country program.

Mandandanji Dreaming will be on Saturday April 15 between 3pm and 9pm at the Roma Walkabout Parkland.

An official office opening will be conducted in the coming weeks when the office is in full operation.

“I welcome the community to visit the office, and it was hoped that Mandandanji art might soon be on display and available for purchase,” Mr Manns said.

The Mandandanji office is at 71C Arthur St, Roma.

Story by Laura Telford originally published in The Western Star 3/3/17


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