IN 2007, Patrice Mahoney*, a Ngayaywana woman from NSW who lives in Bass Coast, invited dozens of people to a meeting in Inverloch. Those invited were from local neighbourhood houses, hospitals, welfare agencies, community leaders, schools and the council.
Patrice stood up and said “Okay, you white fellas, what are you doing about us black fellas?”
It was a defining moment for me. That day I became a member of the Bass Coast/ South Gippsland Reconciliation Group.