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RQI Annual General Meeting

Sunday, 10 October 2021

Reconciliation Queensland members are invited to attend the 2021 Annual General Meeting of Reconciliation Queensland Incorporated on Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 2.00 PM.

You can attend either In Person or via a scheduled ZOOM Meeting.

To attend the AGM in person

Go to: First Floor, Arana Leagues Club, 247 Dawson Parade, Keperra 4054 QLD

Arrive at 1:30 pm to register for a 2:00 pm start on Sunday, 10 October 2021

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To attend via Zoom

Using your preferred device, click the link below and follow the prompts to enable your camera and microphone.

Go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2764425144

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Note: Zoom is free and you do not need an account, but if you wish you can download the app here.

Keynote speaker – John Danalis

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Photo: John Danalis (right) with supporters and the Star of Taroom in tow (credit: Facebook).

Talking Reconciliation is important. Walking the talk is even better! This year, John Danalis took the NRW 2021 theme “More than a Word: Reconciliation Takes Action” to a whole new level.

As instigator of the Star of Taroom project, John Danalis took personal responsibility for returning this sacred cultural artefact 500km across the backroads and backblocks of South East Queensland from Brisbane to Taroom.

While blood testing cattle on Bethany Station (a property between Wandoan and Taroom) on Iman Country in the early 1970s, John’s father Jim spotted a large sandstone rock with a beautiful star carved deep into its face. He resolved then and there to load it onto his ute and take it to Brisbane, where it took pride of place in Jim’s backyard.

There it remained, until John managed to convince his father to return the groove stone. But Jim had been diagnosed with cancer in 2019 and passed away six months later, before they could complete the task.

The Star of Taroom was left in the Brisbane backyard, 500km away from Country. After another year, John felt it was time to make the journey.

The Star of Taroom

Photo: The Star of Taroom (credit: Facebook).

But before he could return the Star, John needed to do some reading. He learned about 30,000 years of Iman occupation on the Upper Dawson. About a darkness that swept over the land in the 1850s, and of the silence that followed.

He learned about the Federal Court’s 2016 recognition of the Iman’s pre-existing native title. And he began to understand the meaning of the words “always was, always will be”.

Compared to the bravery, resilience and determination of the Iman, driving the stone back to Country now seemed like a pretty soft gesture.

And so, in July 2021, John and a band of volunteers walked the stone 500km back to Country in a specially built hand cart.

The Star of Taroom

The Star of Taroom is just one of the tens of thousands of cultural heritage items taken from Ancestral Lands since 1788.

‘To the Iman’s ancestors, the rock was a tool sharpener, a waypoint directing people towards food sources, and a boundary marker of traditional country.’ – The Stolen Star, by Jon Daly and David Iliffe, ABC 7.30

To read more about the Star of Taroom project, go to www.star-of-taroom.com.au.

The 500km journey that returned the Star of Taroom home to Iman Country | The Point, NITV.

Annual General Meeting and documentation

Your RSVP in advance helps us to prepare a better meeting.

In order to vote or to nominate at the AGM, you must be a current financial member of Reconciliation Queensland Inc.

You can join or renew online here.

Your paid Membership Application or Renewal must be received by 3 October 2021.

Joining now will provide Membership through to 1 July 2022.

Please find Links just below to view/download the key documents with information regarding the business of the 2021 RQI AGM.

*Please return the Nomination Form or Proxy Form (if applicable) to e: linda@rqi.org.au by 26 September 2020.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2021 Annual General Meeting

Please make sure that you send your AGM RSVP today!

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