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We distribute a newsletter containing Family Law updates and informative articles on a quarterly basis. Please contact us to subscribe to our mailing list. Here are a few recent editions of our newsletter:

Steptember

The firm participated in Steptember this year! Between 1 September and 28 September, we each took the challenge of completing 10,000 steps a day to raise vital funds for Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Together we completed over 1.2 million steps!

Cerebral palsy is the most common physical disability in childhood. One in two people with cerebral palsy are in chronic pain due to the tightening of their muscles. Many will never be able to take a single step without assistance.

Morningside Festival

The firm attends the Morningside Festival in July each year. Here are some photos from the fantastic event!

Stall

This year we held an arts and crafts competition - here are the winning entries:

Craft winner 2 croppedCraft winner 1 cropped

Our 5 and over age category winner                              Our 4 and under age category winner

Balmoral State High School

As part of our involvement in the local community, we provide a financial prize each year for the top Legal Studies student at Balmoral State High School. We see this as an important contribution to promoting legal studies and as part of our ongoing commitment to legal education.

Woorabinda State School Library

The town of Woorabinda is located in Central Queensland, 170 km south west of Rockhampton. Woorabinda is situated on the traditional lands of the Wadja Wadja/Wadjigal Aboriginal people.

Woorabinda was established between 1926 and 1927 by the Queensland Government.

As a result of Government policies, large numbers of Aboriginal people were forcibly removed to Woorabinda. Under the powers of the Aboriginals Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act1897 and subsequent Protection Acts the Queensland Government was authorised to remove Aboriginal people from anywhere in Queensland to state controlled reserves and church missions. Between 1927 and 1943 there were 575 documented removals of Aboriginal people taken to Woorabinda.

After the war large numbers of Aboriginal people continued to be removed to Woorabinda by the Government. Around 630 documented removals to Woorabinda occurred between 1944 and 1970.

In a then ground-breaking recognition of Aboriginal land rights, the council area was transferred on 28 October 1986 to the trusteeship of the council under a Deed of Grant in Trust. For more information about Woorabinda, please visit the Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council website.

In the 2007 Social Justice Report, it was noted that Koora the Kangaroo Violence Prevention Program, a school based violence prevention program, had been piloted in Woorabinda State School in Queensland. It is an Indigenous developed program that builds on community partnerships to promote non-violence messages and greater pride and connection to culture.

The Report further noted that Woorabinda had a young population with the median age of only 19 years. This equates to a lot of school age children in the community. The community is serviced by Woorabinda State School which has an Indigenous only enrolment of approximately 178 children. Woorabinda State School described the school population as ‘highly transient’ and noted that truancy was a problem. To learn more about the Koora the Kangaroo Violence Prevention Program, visit the Australian Human Rights Commission website.

In March 2015, we sent 4 boxes of books to the Woorabinda State School Library. In after school hours, the school library also acts as a public library. If you or your business would also like to contribute, please contact:

     Woorabinda Knowledge Centre

     Woorabinda State School

     Carbine Street

     Woorabinda Qld 4713