A new name in an ancient language

Thursday, 23rd August, 2012

BH Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention Legal Service Co-ordinator, Donna Kennedy, with the new logo designed by Aboriginal artist Tom Sloane. BH Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention Legal Service Co-ordinator, Donna Kennedy, with the new logo designed by Aboriginal artist Tom Sloane.

By Gayle Ball

A local Aboriginal legal service will be relaunched under a new name in the traditional Baarkintji language.

Broken Hill Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention Legal Service will be renamed the Warra-Warra Legal Service next month.

Centre Co-Ordinator Donna Kennedy said Warra-Warra meant "side by side" in Baarkintji.

Ms Kennedy said the new name was more indicative of the centre's ability to work with clients alongside other services and with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in Broken Hill, Menindee and Wilcannia.

"I think when we are saying 'side by side' it's about our service working with our community," Ms Kennedy told the BDT.

"It's about moving forward together in whatever they're going through and working with other services."

Ms Kennedy said the new name was also more culturally appropriate as was the new logo which has been designed by Aboriginal artist Tom Sloane who has family in the region.

"We are trying to move our service forward," she said. "By doing that we really wanted to give a bit of ownership back to the community."

She said a common misconception about the service was that it was only there for people during the "hard times."

With the relaunch, it is hoping to engage in more educational programs and provide more support for clients dealing with family law matters, sexual assault and domestic violence cases as well as victim compensation, legal advice and referral services.

The process of healing will also be a focus.

The service includes Principal Solicitor Leon Apostle and Junior Solicitor Ben Crompton.

It is funded by the NSW Attorney General's Department and services are provided free to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

The centre, at 184-186 Argent Street, will be renamed on September 14 at an official launch which will be attended by invited guests including the mayor, members of the local Aboriginal community and State Government representatives.

Local Aboriginal art will also be showcased and refreshments provided.