Our dream is to continue on the journey our Elders started to create a culturally welcoming, safe and accessible space for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Frankston – a place to gather, to connect, to heal and to have a sense of belonging.

Keep your eyes out when you in the bay to see if you can find bunjil, wattle and wallaby!

Did you know Nairm Marr Djambana means ‘Gathering by the bay’ ?

N’Aweet (Caroline Briggs) is a senior Elder who came up with the name. It comes from the Bunurong/Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation who are the Traditional Owners and have always been on these lands for many thousands of years.

Our logo represents a time when our people used to meet and gather manna gum, bunjul and wattle to use during events. They ate fish and shellfish. Walked and hunted the wallaby for food, clothing, and trade. Celebrated together.

We pay our greatest respects to our Elders past and present. And we acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living the Frankston area.

A place to belong: Knowing, Being & Doing

Today Nairm Marr Djambaba is a place for us to come together through culturally strengthening services, programs and activities for the First Nations Community in the Frankston area. Everyone is welcome.

Our focus is on connecting. On improving our community’s connection to our culture, to improving the health and wellbeing of our people. On bringing people together in a safe, friendly and supportive space to drive string social, economic and cultural outcomes for the community.

Our vision is for a thriving, empowered and self-determining community guided by Aboriginal ways of Knowing, Being and Doing.

Our mob comes in all colours of the rainbow, and we show respect to people of different gender identity and sexual preferences. Whether you identify as a brotherboy, sistergirl, transgender, queer, gay or LGBTQI mob, we welcome you to our community. We welcome all Frist Nations people and friends to come and join us.

 

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“Hi All – I just wanted to reach out and say a very big thank you for such a great day! The food was AMAZING and absolutely the highlight of the day! Everyone was blown away with the variety, flavours and abundance. Such a great space and great energy to recharge us.”

Nancy Doherty (She/Her) | Team Leader – Oz Child

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Child Safe Statement of Commitment

Nairm Marr Djambana has zero tolerance for child abuse. Nairm Marr Djambana is committed to creating and maintaining a child safe environment where all children are valued and protected from harm and abuse.

All children, who attend services, programs, events and spaces (including online environments) that are delivered, owned or managed by Nairm Marr Djambana, have the right to be heard and feel safe regardless of their, or their families’, age, gender, race, ability, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or social background. Nairm Marr Djambana will encourage and support Aboriginal children to express their culture and enjoy their cultural rights and commits to creating culturally safe environments.

  • Nairm Marr Djambana will actively facilitate the voices of children in our planning, the design and delivery of services, programs and events and in the management of facilities.
  • Nairm Marr Djambana’s priority is to involve children in opportunities to influence matters that affect them as active members in their community.
  • Nairm Marr Djambana will treat all reports of child safety concerns seriously and will actively encourage children to raise such issues.
  • We have legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety, which we comply with rigorously.
  • Our organisation is committed to assisting in the prevention of child abuse, identifying risks early and removing and reducing these risks.
  • We have robust recruitment policies and procedures, and we are committed to training and educating them on child abuse risks and responsibilities.
  • We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children, the cultural safety of children from a culturally and/or linguistically diverse background and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability.
  • We have policies, procedures and training in place to support us to achieve these commitments.