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About Us

The Aboriginal Support Group - Manly Warringah Pittwater (ASG) started in 1979 as a treaty organisation and later developed into a group of people committed to supporting Indigenous Australians in their broader struggle for justice. Located on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, members of the ASG share a passion to see right relationships forged between Indigenous and settler Australians. Working in our local area, we seek to change the way non-Aboriginal people understand and relate to Aboriginal Australians. We never speak on behalf of Aboriginal people and are committed to 'be there' for Aboriginal people with effective, informed support. The ASG meets regularly to discuss issues, causes and events, to plan actions, to share friendship and experiences. Work is shared by trusted volunteers.

Activities Include:

  • Keeping the group and the wider community informed about Aboriginal issues and upcoming events.
  • Organising regular Information Nights, including guest Aboriginal speakers and film/discussion nights.
  • Producing a quarterly newsletter, Elimatta, which is circulated in Australia and overseas.
  • Supporting the Northern Sydney Guringai Festival by organising and participating in events.
  • Producing programs for Radio Northern Beaches.
  • Monitoring the media and consulting with local, state and federal politicians about issues of concern.
  • Networking with other social justice movements, especially those concerned with Aboriginal issues.
  • Maintaining and supporting relations with Aboriginal organisations & Koori friends through involvement with:
    - Biala Aboriginal Girls Hostel, Allambie Heights
    - Guringai Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG)
    - Manly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Guringai Festival) Committee
    - Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC)
    - Northern Sydney Aboriginal Social Plan
    - Northern Sydney Region Reconciliation Network
    - NSW Reconciliation Council
    - Reconciliation Network
    - Tranby Aboriginal Co-operative.

Membership:

The membership fee is AU$25 per year (GST included). This covers operating expenses and helps with the cost of producing Elimatta. It also enables us to contribute to Aboriginal projects and programs.

Members are encouraged to attend as many meetings as possible and to keep in touch by email and telephone. The group attempts to keep members informed about special meetings, events and actions that need to be taken. This website is updated regularly with such information.

Can you help? If you are willing to give us some practical help, please let us know how you might be able to contribute by filling out our 'Can you Help?' form.

Interested in joining? Please contact us.

History and Activities:

If you would like to see a summary of what the ASG have achieved since 1979, and some key events that have taken place in our local area, please take a look at our timeline.

Would you like to learn more about us? Why not read our book, A Story to Tell ... on a Road Toward Reconciliation. For further information please click here.