The Frankston region’s Indigenous community were visited last week by Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health the Hon. Ken Wyatt MP and Federal Member for Dunkley, Chris Crewther MP.
Minister Wyatt and Mr Crewther visited the Nairm Marr Djambana Aboriginal Gathering Place following a visit to the Baxter Retirement Village and a round table discussion with local aged care providers.
“The whole experience at Nairm Marr Djambana gave me an overview of the importance of partnerships they’ve entered into. It’s about connecting, not only with Aboriginal organisations but mainstream local government, and their focus is on children but also on outcomes for Aboriginal people living in the broader Frankston area,” Minister Wyatt said.
“The whole visit was extraordinary because I met not only with community leaders but also many of the aged care providers. At the round-table discussions, they talked about their commitment, what they are striving to achieve. They certainly have some issues in respect to My Aged Care but I came away with a great sense of positivity towards our reforms, while also hearing what the government needs to address.”
Mr Crewther said he was thrilled to have Minister Wyatt visit the Dunkley electorate.
“It was an honour to have Minister Wyatt in Dunkley and to introduce him to our local aged care providers and Indigenous community groups,” Mr Crewther said.
“It was invaluable to hear directly from aged care providers and our local Indigenous community members on their concerns and ideas. The aged care provider round table discussion and visit to the Nairm Marr Djambana Aboriginal Gathering Place gave the Minister and me direct feedback on a range of issues both nationally and within the Dunkley Electorate.”
Chairperson of Nairm Marr Djambana, Karan Kent, said that Nairm Marr Djambana were blessed to have Minister Wyatt and Mr Crewther visit and meet with local Indigenous community members.
“Along with our valued partnership organisations we were blessed to have had the opportunity to share ‘Djambana’s creation story’ and to profile the broader Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in the presence of Minister Wyatt and Federal MP for Dunkley Mr Chris Crewther on their visit to the centre last Thursday,” Ms Kent said.
“We were all enriched to be able to demonstrate the amazing work done across our local Aboriginal community, individually and collectively and to reintegrate our strength, passion and the determination undertaken thus far to develop a culturally safe grass roots Gathering Place for our community.”
“The highlight of the visit was the opportunity to stand proud and strong as an Aboriginal women on behalf of the Aboriginal Gathering Place Frankston and our partners in front of the Minister and facilitate an exchange of authentic and respectful dialogue. In turn to have the achievements, opportunities and challenges listened to and acknowledged by the Minister was humbling and validated that grass roots communities like Djambana working through partnerships are the pathfinders towards equity in Aboriginal health and wellness.”
During the visit to the Baxter Retirement Village, Minister Wyatt and Mr Crewther also met with a number of residents.
“Visiting “the Village”, as locals affectionately call it, which has both retirement and residential care, I met with a group of residents who explained how they work and live together, and the enjoyment they have with people of similar ages, as friends within the community,” Minister Wyatt said.
“I had an incredible exchange with six residents who were passionate about where they live but liked the fact that it caters for the diversity of the region, but equally was affordable. ”
“Within that thinking, they enjoyed what was on hand for them in terms of services offered, and they would not live anywhere else. They told me Frankston is a great place and I came away with a sense of great community, great caring, and it’s a place that I wouldn’t mind living myself. ”