Many are unaware of a special service

Help and companionship: Annette Webb is urging Aboriginal people in St George to make themselves known to the Kurranulla outreach service. Picture: Jane DysonKURRANULLA Aboriginal Corporation manager Tracie Ballingall is hoping the new census figures, to be released soon, will show that there are many more Aboriginal people living in St George than the 352 that showed up on the last census.
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Funding to provide services depended on statistics, she said, and Aboriginal people needed to come out of the woodwork and be counted.

Ms Ballingall estimated there were at least 3000 Aboriginal people living in the Hurstville area, many of whom did not know about each other or what the Sutherland Shire-based Kurranulla, an information and referral service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, could do for them.

Artist Annette Webb used to be one of those people.

Mrs Webb, who has lived in St George for 30 years, thought her family were the only indigenous people until 2004 when a teacher at TAFE told her about Kurranulla.

She signed up immediately and became a Friday regular in the ladies’ group, taking part in art, jewellery making, sewing and going on regular trips with her new friends.

“I did not mix with Aboriginal people so much in my life,” Mrs Webb said.

“It is important for us to keep in contact with our people and we want more to join us.”

Mrs Webb is looking forward to Kurranulla opening an outreach service at Hurstville.

It is an opportunity for young and old to connect with others and to get information about health, housing, education and aged care services.

“They’ll even come and mow your lawn,” she said.

As a start, the service will operate on the fourth Tuesday of the month, from 10am to 2pm, at Hurstville Library.

Starting date will be April 24.

Details: Kurranulla 9528 0287.

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