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Pat Anderson AO launches First Nations’ guide to community development

  • Written by Lauren Rogers

A First Nations’ Approach to Community Development: Our Community Development framework has been officially launched by distinguishedAlyawarre Elder, Pat Anderson AO. Ms Anderson is a strong human rights advocate and works tirelessly for the health and well-being of First Nations’ peoples and communities throughout Australia.  


Ms Anderson described the framework as unique, “What makes this guide unique is, it is developed by a First Nations’ organisation with years of experience working at the grassroots level with First Nations’ peoples across Australia, Community First Development operates with ethical intentions and actions and their approach is one that firmly places Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the center.” 


The webinar panel also consisted of Stephanie Harvey, CEO; Community First Development, Renee Tomkinson, Eastern Regional Manager; Doyen Radcliffe, Western Regional Manager; Vicki Thom, Director, Mad Mob Aboriginal Corporation; and Devon Cuimara, Founder and CEO, Aboriginal Males Healing Centre.  


The Community Development Framework is a guide to inform community engagement and development practice. Cultural values are embedded in the framework and the approach enables the voice of First Nations’ communities to be elevated. 


The publication is a significant milestone for Community First Development. Over 20 years of acquired knowledge is shared in the hopes to benefit First Nations’ Peoples by guiding those who work alongside communities. Ms Harvey summed it up in her statement, “We aspire to more than closing the gap on disadvantage. We want to see our people and communities thriving.”  


Want to learn more?  

Download the Framework here:


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