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Yarnteen Launches Reconciliation Action Plan

Yarnteen became the first Indigenous organisation to develop and launch a Reconciliation Action Plan.  Mr John Galligan, Director Corporate Affairs and Citizenship of Microsoft Australia, launched the Yarnteen Reconciliation Action Plan at Yarnteen Head Offices in Newcastle on Tuesday 3 February 2009.  Other special guests included Ms Barabra Livesy, CEO of Reconciliation Australia, Mr David Alden, General Manager, Hunter Grain and Ms Kaely Woods, Deputy General Manager Corporate and Partnerships, Indigenous Business Australia. Click here to view media release.

The Apology

With the Rudd government proposing to apologise to members of the stolen generation on the 13th February 2008, Reconciliation Australia has put together FAQs about the issue.
Click here for FAQs.

Port Hunter Commodities wins Australian Bulk Handling Award – Supplier of the Year (Small Enterprise)
On 15th November 2007, tribute was paid to the industry's champions when the 2nd Australian Bulk Handling Awards were held in Sydney. Over 100 guests attended the Gala Dinner event hosted by the Australian Bulk Handling Review.
Port Hunter Commodities (PHC) was established by Yarnteen to assist with employment, training and business opportunities for the Indigenous people of Newcastle. 


Port Hunter Commodities was nominated as finalist in two categories:
·         Bulk Handling Facility of the Year-Manufacturing and Processing
                An award for a bulk handling facility servicing the manufacturing and processing industries encompassing, food, 
                pharmaceuticals, stockfeed, chemicals, resins and building products

Supplier of the Year
Two awards recognising exemplary service, performance and customer commitment. 
                A.Small enterprise 1-15 employees 
                B.Medium to large enterprise 16 + employees  

Port Hunter was successful in winning the Supplier of Year – Small Enterprise which was sponsored by the Australian Bulk Handling Review.

Awabakal Newcastle Aboriginal Co-operative Ltd awarded the 'Service to the Community' Silver Medal Award

We are pleased to congratulate Awabakal Newcastle Aboriginal Co-operative Ltd's for their recent recognition by the City of Newcastle in being awarded the 'Service to the Community' Silver Medal Award.

Awabakal Newcastle Aboriginal Co-operative Ltd is an Aboriginal Community Controlled, Non-Government Organisation. The Co-operative was established under the NSW co-operatives Act, and was first incorporated in 1976. They provide a range of community development services, projects and programs to the Aboriginal Community of the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Hunter Regional base.

Awabakal Newcastle Co-operative Ltd’s was rewarded for their commitment to:

  • Since its inception in 1973 Awabakal has shown commitment to a long-standing provision of services for improved health, welfare and well-being for the Newcastle Aboriginal community;
  • Providing a place culturally aware and sensitive to the Aboriginal community needs and their history;
Delivering high quality services to all the clients and users of the services;
  • Providing an equality of opportunity and quality of life to all Australians;
  • Providing enhanced lifestyle options through the provision of services that contribute to better education and career outcomes for local Newcastle Aboriginal people;
  • Contributing to a healthier economic flow as more local Newcastle Aboriginal people contribute as employees and consumers;
  • A philosophical and ethical commitment to ensuring the procurement of all products and services are obtained from local Newcastle/Hunter organisations ensuring that the local Newcastle community retains the economic benefits. (This is approximately $10,000,000 per annum.)
  • Working cohesively in partnership with some of Newcastle largest service providers, including Hunter New England Health and local Newcastle Police Commands.

  • Cr John S TateLord Mayor Newcastle
    Kevin McKenny, Awabakal Co-op CEO
      with the Medal & Award.
    Photo by: Lauren O'Brien

    Microsoft Australia recently held their National Conference for their Community Affairs Program ‘Unlimited Potential’.

    The "Make Your NetWork" theme included local and international guest speakers to discuss the importance of addressing the digital divide that exists in our society today.

    It included opportunities for networking and gathering information that can assist with engaging with disadvantaged Australians to increase their opportunities and skills in the benefits of ICT.

    Yarnteen was included in the list of speakers and utilised the opportunity to launch the release of their Resource Kit “How to Engage with Aboriginal Learners”. If you would like to view or order Yarnteen's Resource Kit click here.