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.