11 November 2015 Bea Ballangarry Videography Launched

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Inspirational Aboriginal community leader Aunty Bea Ballangarry is the subject of a new videography being launched at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery on Friday November 13.

Entitled Walking in Two Worlds and created by local photographer/film-maker Andrew Hickinbotham, the video is a celebration of her tireless efforts to improve relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

“Aunty Bea Ballangarry is an award-winning poet and writer, a performer, singer, public speaker and educator in indigenous cultural studies, women's health and domestic violence services,” said Coffs Harbour Deputy Mayor, Councillor Garry Innes, who is officially launching the video. “She is also a mother, grandmother, carer, healer, teacher and advocate for mental health and social justice causes. Put simply, she is an inspiration.”

Aunty Bea Ballangarry was born at Bowraville at a time when Aboriginal people were not even recognised as human beings, but were classified under the Flora and Fauna Act.  

As her mother did before her, Aunty Bea has fought for human rights, justice, kindness and cultural integrity.

This new videography is a tribute to her commitment to encouraging others to follow in her footsteps and her tireless efforts to improve relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

Everyone is invited to come to the launch which is being held at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery on Friday, 13 November, at 9.45am.

The video will then be on show from Saturday, November 14, at Coffs Harbour Regional Museum in Harbour Drive.