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🚨 Important Update for Our Community 🚨 Attention, everyone! We want to ensure you're in the loop about an important update regarding Shine Lawyer's WA Stolen Wages Class Action settlement. Shine Lawyers have recently announced a settlement, with the WA Government agreeing to compensate up to $180.4 million. This is a significant moment for those affected, and it's crucial that everyone who's part of this action is aware of the next steps. 🔹 Re-Registration Required 🔹 To be considered for compensation, existing claimants must re-register using an updated form by Sunday, 30 June 2024. Here’s how you can re-register: Online: Fill out the updated registration form on the Shine Lawyers Website (linked to this post). By Phone: Call Shine Lawyers at 1800 976 150 for assistance in filling out the form. In-Person: Attend one of the free information sessions being held in the Pilbara, Kimberley, and Goldfields regions from April to June 2024. More information on these is available on the Shine Lawyers website. The Shine Lawyers website: https://www.shine.com.au/service/class-actions/stolen-wages-class-action 📞 Need Help? If you're unsure about your registration status or require further assistance, don't hesitate to contact Shine Lawyers directly at 1800 976 150 or email wastolenwages@shine.com.au. Please feel free to share this update with anyone who might benefit from it, and do not hesitate to reach out to Shine Lawyers for support.

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🌟 Exciting News from Broome CIRCLE's Artists Away From Home Program! 🎨 Tracey Mulardy, our talented Artist & Studio Support Officer, embarked on her AWEP journey with a warm welcome from ANKA chairman Djambawa Marawili AM. 🌟 From sharing stories to learning about tech and social media, Tracey and participants had a day packed with growth and inspiration. 📚💡 They were also warmly welcomed at the NT Legislative Assembly, meeting key Members and exploring Indigenous artworks. 🤩 Participants also enjoyed a sneak peek of the Betty Campbell exhibition at Outstation Gallery, highlighting the importance of commercial galleries in the Indigenous Arts ecosystem. They also did some hands-on learning at the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT, diving into conservation practices and exhibition curation. Congratulations to all AWEP participants, and a special shoutout to Tracey representing Bidyadanga Artists and Broome Circle! We're incredibly proud! 🙌✨ Check out some snaps from Tracey's journey! 📸 #ArtistsAwayFromHome #AWEP #ANKA #BidyadangaArtists #IndigenousArt🎨

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🌟 What an incredible evening! 🌟 A huge thank you to everyone who joined us for our Harmony Week Long Table Dinner. Your presence, laughter, and stories turned this night into a vibrant celebration of our community's diversity and unity. Special shoutout to our amazing food vendors for donating their delicious dishes and equipment for the evening, Matt's Filipino Cuisine, DMK - The Kitchen. And Anu Creations and Sushi Ichiban for the beautiful platters they donated. We also want to thank all those who attended and graced our tables with their delicious dishes. Your culinary talents truly made our taste buds travel the world. And a heartfelt thank you to Goolarri Media Enterprises and Mabu Liyan Creative Agency for their partnership and for helping us share this special night with the wider community. Your contribution was invaluable. We also thank the Shire of Broome's a Sporting Chance for bringing some of their kids down to share the evening with us! It was awesome to see them having so much fun and engaging with other cultures. This event wouldn't have been the same without the support and participation of each one of you. From the bottom of our hearts at Broome CIRCLE, thank you for making this evening unforgettable. Let's continue to celebrate and embrace the rich tapestry of cultures that make our community so unique. We also wish to thank the Office of Multicultural Interests, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) for funding this event. Swipe through to relive some of the night's best moments! ➡️📸

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🎉 Congratulations to Veronica Johnson! 🌟 We at Broome CIRCLE are thrilled to celebrate our esteemed colleague and Senior Financial Counsellor, Veronica Johnson, for her remarkable achievement. Veronica has been honoured with the prestigious Rona Okely Award at the 2024 Consumer Protection Awards. Her dedicated work with vulnerable Aboriginal communities in remote areas, including initiating a banking project that led to the installation of fee-free ATMs in remote Kimberley communities, showcases her commitment to making a real difference. Join us in applauding Veronica for her tireless efforts and dedication to improving financial literacy and accessibility in our communities. Your work truly embodies the spirit of community service and consumer protection. Congratulations, Veronica! Below is a picture of Veronica and the Minister for Consumer Protection, the Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC. 👏💙 #ProudTeam #ConsumerProtectionAwards2024 Read more about the awards and Veronica's achievement here:

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We know that the rates of family and domestic violence in Australia is a national crisis, but did you know that: • Experiencing domestic and family violence doubles the likelihood of victim-survivors ending up in the bottom quarter of the income distribution? • Women who experience family violence will have almost $50,000 higher lifetime health costs per person than a woman who does not experience family violence? • More than a third of Western Australians reported experiencing financial abuse? • Single parents make up the biggest portion of households in the lowest quintile of household income and single mothers are more than three times more likely to have experienced domestic and family violence? Economic security needs to play a part in preventing violence against women and children, so they have more options to leave abusive partners and access to stable housing, childcare, education, employment, and family law. Interested? Read more at: https://www.aihw.gov.au/family-domestic-and-sexual-violence/responses-and-outcomes/economic-financial-impacts #CountHerInToo

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In Australia, carers provide support to family members, friends, and the broader community. We know that their effort is the glue that holds our communities together, but did you know: • Australian carers provide 2.2 billion hours of informal care each year with the cost of replacing this care valued at $77.9 billion? • Women are more likely to be carers, representing 7 out of 10 primary carers? • Unpaid care responsibilities mean women are less likely to be employed in a full-time capacity, or in continuous employment? The disproportionate load of unpaid care on women has compounding and ongoing impacts for women’s longer term economic security – with interruptions in employment resulting in lower earnings and lower superannuation trajectories. How do we make a change? We can start by ensuring men and women have equal responsibility for unpaid care in our families and communities – and ensuring our workplaces adopt policies that allow this to happen. Interested? Read more at: https://www.wgea.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/australian-unpaid-care-work-and-the-labour-market.pdf #CountHerInToo

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🌟🎉 We had an amazing time hosting a morning tea and playing a few games of bingo today! 🎉🌟 A big thank you to everyone who joined us for some fun and laughter. Your presence made it truly special! 🥳☕️ Check out these wonderful snapshots of the morning. 📸✨ This event is a part of our ongoing efforts to make Broome an age-friendly community, fostering connections and creating memorable experiences for all. 🌻Keep an eye out for our next age-friendly event in April.

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For many, Australia is seen as the land of opportunity – but these opportunities are not equally available to all. Did you know: • Migrant and refugee women are less likely to be employed than both women born in Australia and migrant men? • Migrant and refugee women are overrepresented in low paid and insecure work, in industries such as childcare, personal care, and aged and disability care? Migrant and refugee women face challenges relating to the formal recognition of overseas education, qualifications, and skills. When combined with struggles to access childcare, gender expectations, and racial discrimination, these circumstances often see migrant women unemployed or in positions that do not offer financial security. Interested? Read more at: https://www.harmonyalliance.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/Empoyment-Outcomes-of-Women-from-Migrant-and-Refugee-Backgrounds.pdf #CountHerInToo

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We know the opportunity to earn a living and participate in the economy is a basic human right, but did you know that: • People with disability are more likely to be unemployed than people without disability? • Labour force participation rates for women with disability are particularly low? • Women with disability are amongst the poorest of all groups in society? Women with disability experience systemic barriers to obtaining and retaining employment, including attitudinal barriers, physical and environmental barriers, organisational barriers, and structural barriers. Interested? Read more at: https://disability.royalcommission.gov.au/system/files/response_issue_paper/ISS.001.00383.PDF #CountHerInToo

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We all have the right to feel safe at work, but did you know that: • First Nations women are more likely to feel unsafe in the workplace? • Fist Nations women are more likely to carry extra expectations to make their workplace culturally sensitive and engaged? • First Nations women are less supported when they encounter racism or unfair treatment? To ensure First Nations women are counted in, we need to improve the culture of our workplaces. Start this change by committing to unearthing workplace truths, assessing your workplace cultural safety readiness, or recognising and remunerating cultural load as part of an employee’s responsibilities. Interested? Read more at: https://www.wgea.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/Gari_Yala_genderedinsights2021.pdf #CountHerInToo

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We know Australian women are persistently less economically secure than men, but did you know that: • The median superannuation balance of women aged 65+ years is $168,000, compared to $208,200 for men? • Women over 65 are more likely to be on the Aged Pension then men of the same age? • Older women are experiencing homelessness at an increasingly higher rate, and that family and domestic violence is the primary reason many older women seek housing support? • Older women are more likely than older men to experience elder abuse? To support the economic security of older women, we need to immediately raise income support payments to a livable rate, and ensure women have access to safe, affordable, and secure housing. Read more at: https://lens.monash.edu/@medicinehealth/2022/04/06/1384563/womens-reverse-wealth-trajectory-leads-to-poverty-inolder-age #CountHerInToo

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Today marks a significant milestone as the Federal Government announces a lasting resolution regarding the collapse of ACBF/Youpla Funeral Funds. This acknowledgement of the wrongdoing is a crucial step forward. This important outcome follows a three-year journey filled with hard work and extensive advocacy by champions across Australia. At Broome CIRCLE, our senior Financial Counsellor, Veronica Johnson, advocated tirelessly for our affected First Nations clients, who came and celebrated this momentous occasion with us at CIRCLE House today. For more details on these outcomes you can find further information here: https://ministers.pmc.gov.au/burney/2024/enduring-resolution-victims-youpla-group

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Don't miss the next episode of Local Legends on Radio Goolarri 99.7FM this Sunday at 7pm! 📻 We'll be chatting with Denisa Konecny, who has dedicated herself to the Broome community through various not-for-profit and government roles. 🌟
Hear her insights, challenges, and hopes for Broome’s future. If you can't catch it live, find the Local Legends episode on Spotify, Soundcloud, and the Goolarri website. from 8pm Sunday 🎧✨
🎙️🎉 Exciting News! Our First Local Legends Podcast Episode is live tonight at 7pm on Radio Goolarri 99.7fm 🎉🎙️
Tonights episode will feature Gwen Knox, a longtime resident of Broome, who is renowned for her significant contributions to the town's arts scene. In tonights episode, she shares her childhood memories, reflects on her parents' intriguing pasts, and offers us a unique glimpse into the Broome of yesteryears.
If you miss the live episode, don't fret! You can catch up on:
👉Soundcloud
👉Goolarri Website
👉Spotify
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the  Local Legends Podcast Launch last Thursday. It was a night filled with inspiring stories, lively discussion, great music and a wonderful sense of community.
A special thank you to our fantastic panelists, and local legends: Gwen Knox, Albert Wiggan, and Denisa Konecny. Your insights and stories truly made the evening memorable, and gave us all a taste of what's to come on our podcast!
Huge thanks to our moderator and MC, Matt Francis (Matty J), for guiding the conversation so seamlessly and engagingly.
We are deeply grateful to Goolarri Media Enterprises for their partnership and support in making this event a success.
Thank you to the incredible @marnidaschamusic and Dan Guidera for filling our evening with your wonderful music! Your performance was truly magical. 
And a heartfelt thank you to each of the legends who has agreed to feature on our podcast. Your stories made the podcast truly special and we can't wait to share your insights with our community. 
This event and podcast project has been sponsored by the Department of Communities.
🤩📣We are thrilled to announce that our Local Legends Podcast Launch Event this Thursday (30th of May) is now fully booked, and our waitlist is also full! 📣🤩Thank you all for your incredible support and enthusiasm for Broome's history and the launch of our podcast.
We can't wait for a wonderful evening filled with food, music and a lively panel discussion with some of our local legends.
If you want to stay updated on future events, be sure to follow us on Facebook. We look forward to seeing you soon! 
Thank you once again for your support! 🌻
🌟 What an incredible evening! 🌟
A huge thank you to everyone who joined us for our Harmony Week Long Table Dinner. Your presence, laughter, and stories turned this night into a vibrant celebration of our community's diversity and unity.
Special shoutout to our amazing food vendors for donating their delicious dishes and equipment for the evening, Matt's Filipino Cuisine, DMK - The Kitchen. And Anu Creations and Sushi Ichiban for the beautiful platters they donated. We also want to thank all those who attended and graced our tables with their delicious dishes. Your culinary talents truly made our taste buds travel the world.
And a heartfelt thank you to Goolarri Media Enterprises  and Mabu Liyan Creative Agency for their partnership and for helping us share this special night with the wider community. Your contribution was invaluable.
We also thank the Shire of Broome's a Sporting Chance for bringing some of their kids down to share the evening with us! It was awesome to see them having so much fun and engaging with other cultures. 
This event wouldn't have been the same without the support and participation of each one of you. From the bottom of our hearts at Broome CIRCLE, thank you for making this evening unforgettable. Let's continue to celebrate and embrace the rich tapestry of cultures that make our community so unique.
We also wish to thank the Office of Multicultural Interests, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) for funding this event. 
Swipe through to relive some of the night's best moments! ➡️📸
🎉 Congratulations to Veronica Johnson! 🌟
We at Broome CIRCLE are thrilled to celebrate our esteemed colleague and Senior Financial Counsellor, Veronica Johnson, for her remarkable achievement. Veronica has been honoured with the prestigious Rona Okely Award at the 2024 Consumer Protection Awards.
Her dedicated work with vulnerable Aboriginal communities in remote areas, including initiating a banking project that led to the installation of fee-free ATMs in remote Kimberley communities, showcases her commitment to making a real difference.
Join us in applauding Veronica for her tireless efforts and dedication to improving financial literacy and accessibility in our communities. Your work truly embodies the spirit of community service and consumer protection. Congratulations, Veronica!
👏💙 #ProudTeam #ConsumerProtectionAwards2024
Read more about the awards and Veronica's achievement here:<https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/announcements/tenancy-project-financial-counsellor-cruise-stories-scoop-awards?fbclid=IwAR2qqlvzXfnc6a0aMQOxHCgz-LXBDzC1hh2fcEZj0KE1iwDgBnjXWlGhyCA>
We know that the rates of family and domestic violence in Australia is a national crisis, but did you know that:
• Experiencing domestic and family violence doubles the likelihood of victim-survivors ending up in the bottom quarter of the income distribution? 
• Women who experience family violence will have almost $50,000 higher lifetime health costs per person than a woman who does not experience family violence? 
• More than a third of Western Australians reported experiencing financial abuse?
• Single parents make up the biggest portion of households in the lowest quintile of household income and single mothers are more than three times more likely to have experienced domestic and family violence?
Economic security needs to play a part in preventing violence against women and children, so they have more options to leave abusive partners and access to stable housing, childcare, education, employment, and family law.
Interested? Read more at: 
https://www.aihw.gov.au/family-domestic-and-sexual-violence/responses-and-outcomes/economic-financial-impacts
#CountHerInToo
In Australia, carers provide support to family members, friends, and the broader community. We know that their effort is the glue that holds our communities together, but did you know: 
• Australian carers provide 2.2 billion hours of informal care each year with the cost of replacing this care valued at $77.9 billion?
• Women are more likely to be carers, representing 7 out of 10 primary carers?
• Unpaid care responsibilities mean women are less likely to be employed in a full-time capacity, or in continuous employment?
The disproportionate load of unpaid care on women has compounding and ongoing impacts for women’s longer term economic security – with interruptions in employment resulting in lower earnings and lower superannuation trajectories.
How do we make a change? We can start by ensuring men and women have equal responsibility for unpaid care in our families and communities – and ensuring our workplaces adopt policies that allow this to happen. 
Interested? Read more at: https://www.wgea.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/australian-unpaid-care-work-and-the-labour-market.pdf
#CountHerInToo
🌟🎉 We had an amazing time hosting a morning tea and playing a few games of bingo today! 🎉🌟
A big thank you to everyone who joined us for some fun and laughter. Your presence made it truly special! 🥳☕️
Check out these wonderful snapshots of the morning. 📸✨
This event is a part of our ongoing efforts to make Broome an age-friendly community, fostering connections and creating memorable experiences for all. 🌻Keep an eye out for our next age-friendly event in April.