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Beer, BBQ and History

SATURDAY 8th AUGUST 2 – 6 PM – $75 per person

MENU RELEASE – see flyer for info.

Beer, BBQ and History at the Black Cockatoo Retreat SATURDAY 8th of AUGUST starts 2pm – 6pm – $75 p/p

4 standard drinks from Sunshine Brewery Native cuisine and BBQ food from Game Enough? matched to the Historical Era of First Nation’s History of South East Queensland. Proudly presented by Peter Lawrence, local historian and education writer for the Queensland Modern History Senior Syllabus – CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS.

Ration Shed Tour – TUES 11 AUG



Hear first-hand accounts of how government-imposed restrictions controlled the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The award-winning Ration Shed Museum is a part of the Cherbourg Historical Precinct and invites people to come and learn from the Elders and community. Engage with the exhibitions, archives, locally produced films, artworks, craft and programs. Learn about our shared history using Augmented Reality with the recently completed The Boys from Barambah – the Black Diggers story from Cherbourg.

Be guided onto country and introduced to community and Elders. This full-day guided tour is all-inclusive: Transport, entry fees, Elders fees, Morning tea and Lunch catered by Cherbourg’s Catering and Training Organisation.

LIMITED TICKETS – 20 tickets available Tuesday 11th of August, 2020. Departs Woombye SS – 7.30am – 5pm. $150 per person.

Kids in Action 2020 program

Due to COVID-19, KIDS IN ACTION 2020 has had the opportunity to pivot our program to take you all online for a Virtual Environmental Projects Day – 16 mentors with heaps of First Nations perspectives and knowledge.

The show must go on and we are excited about the opportunity to work with our mentors to bring you an engaging and thought-provoking program full of hands-on experiences you and your whole class can now engage with. We are currently filming our mentors and will have these vignettes available to access in Term 3. All vignettes will be aligned to the Australian Curriculum Key Learning Areas, 2 Cross Curriculum Priorities – Sustainability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures and be underpinned by strong pedagogical practices that support the demonstration of AITSL 1.4 and 2.4.

Kids in Action is an award-winning program that supports learners and teachers to hear First Nations voices. If you are a Sunshine Coast school and are interested in being a part of this year’s program and having access to some amazing online content, contact now, it’s not too late and the 2020 program is FREE!!

WINNER – Queensland Reconciliation Award – Partnerships Category

OMG!! We are pinching ourselves right now.

Kids in Action has just been named the State winner of the partnerships category for the 2020 Queensland Reconciliation Awards. This award affirms our deep respect and relationship with the Jinibara, Kabi Kabi/ Gubbi Gubbi peoples who guide our work and add immeasurable value to the program. Thank you to all involved, our sponsors, our mentors, volunteers, teachers and the kids of the greater Sunshine Coast Regional Council footprint. 2020 is going to be next level. This is only the beginning!! We are all on a life long journey to acknowledge and learn from First Nations peoples. We are extremely excited about how we can continue to walk together to become better custodians of Country.

I am very fortunate to be a part of an amazing team that continues to deliver culturally responsive best practices. We call ourselves the “Birdies” and we are a group of 4 women who share a passion for the environment and First Nations histories and cultures. We call ourselves the ‘Birdies’ as we all have a deep relationship and affiliation with birds as our spirit animal. Karen is the Brush Turkey, I’m the Black Cockatoo and Lisa and Mandy are White-bellied Sea Eagle. And funnily enough, our personalities emulate those birds and their behaviours within the ecosystem and broader community. Most importantly, we are guided by the ancestors, Elders and Community leaders who’s country we live and work on.

In 2019 we worked together with the Traditional Custodians and community from Jinibara, Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi countries to deliver a program like no other which spoke to the theme – Celebrating Nature’s Icons. Here the opportunity to engage First Nations mentors to guide the programs was a ‘no-brainer’. By all accounts, it was the “BEST year ever”. We also ensured that Teachers involved with the program had the opportunity to strengthen their cultural capability, so it was essential that we provide a Professional Development opportunity that demonstrated 8 ways, Uncle Ernie’s Framework and Yarning Circles.

I remember at the end of the Environmental Projects Day, I was in the car park watching all the First Nations community ‘high fiving’ each other and reunifying as a broader community. The tensions of the past were overshadowed by the success of the day. And this success was because we all came together with the same agenda – to build a greater sense of Custodial responsibility within 350 students and volunteers.

In 2020, we strive to take Kids in Action to the next level, even with the complexities that COVID-19 has provided. We are going online and are currently filming First Nations mentors and non-Indigenous experts in their field to bring a program that aligns with the theme – ‘We are Botanica’. Watch this space, it is going to be amazing. Thank you again to all involved.

We all thank the panel of judges for affirming what we know to be a great example of how partnerships can build Reconciliation. For more information, head to

Sunshine Coast Queensland