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Boomanulla reprieve?

johnboy 21 July 2011 9

Yesterday we had concerns that Boomanulla Oval would have to cease its work with young indigenous Canberrans.

Today we hear there’s some light in the tunnel:

Hi All

I am writing to inform you that Bomber, Col and I had negotiations with representatives from the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet and the ACT Government with some prospects for good outcomes.

Boomanulla has a brighter future after this meeting today and Bomber and the Board would like to express our gratitude for the great community support, in particular organisations like Winnunga Nimmityjah, Gugan-Gulwan, Ngunnawal Aboriginal Corporation and the whole community.

Sincerely

Darren Williams

Here’s hoping.


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pink little birdie pink little birdie 4:21 pm 21 Jul 11

yay I hope they do get the reprieve. 🙂
I have great memories of events at Boomanulla through School and uni

sunshine sunshine 4:33 pm 21 Jul 11

Didn’t think they’d let it keep its gate closed permanently . Well done!

Watson Watson 5:11 pm 21 Jul 11

Well, that seemed almost too easy. But I’m happy that it seems to have worked!

But “light in the tunnel”? You better get the F out now!

John Moulis John Moulis 5:17 pm 21 Jul 11

A slap in the face for bureaucratic arrogance. I suspect someone is getting their shinybum arse kicked at the moment for making such a stupid decision and sending out such a cruel and insensitive letter.

Forcing the shutdown of a sporting organisation which promotes fitness and teamwork is bad enough, but to do so to a sector of the community where unhealthy lifestyles are endemic is nothing short of disgraceful.

I-filed I-filed 5:34 pm 21 Jul 11

Reprieve deciders probably had at the back of their minds that Boomanulla could have decamped en masse to the Tent Embassy for a longterm protest …

smiling politely smiling politely 9:18 am 22 Jul 11

This is good news and I hope something can be worked out. I can’t help wondering about the quality of their original application for funding though – maybe they’ll aim to get some feedback to avoid this happening next time?

Thumper Thumper 9:41 am 22 Jul 11

Excellent news.

The place is more than just a sports ground, it is a community hub and provides an important service to Indigenous youth in this area.

The funding cut was obviously based upon finances and the bottom line rather than what the benefits the funding could bring.

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 11:07 am 22 Jul 11

John Moulis said :

A slap in the face for bureaucratic arrogance. I suspect someone is getting their shinybum arse kicked at the moment for making such a stupid decision and sending out such a cruel and insensitive letter.

Forcing the shutdown of a sporting organisation which promotes fitness and teamwork is bad enough, but to do so to a sector of the community where unhealthy lifestyles are endemic is nothing short of disgraceful.

I never thought the day would come but, I agree with you.

Hank Hank 12:14 pm 22 Jul 11

This is GREAT news!!!

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