Over the last 13 years the Indigenous Unit of the Northern Regional Library, now known as Dhiiyaan Indigenous Centre has served the people of Moree and districts through its research facilities, projects, programs and exhibitions.

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Dhiiyaan current building does not have the space for a modern professional keeping place/archival unit for collection management, storage, artifact preservation, training/workshops, activities and public exhibitions. Dhiiyaan needs to bring its facility into the 21st century, but cannot achieve this in its existing building which is too small to accommodate large groups visiting the centre and with no space to add to the growing collection. There are thousands of invaluable Aboriginal genealogies and photographs, plus hundreds of family history resources, thousands of books, audio visual materials, traditional Kamilaroi artefacts etc that need to be stored appropriately.

The Dhiiyaan Indigenous Centre extends its service beyond books to other states of Australia, with cultural awareness workshops conducted annually for doctors, police, nurses, teachers, mature students and visits to local schools – cultural and educational programs. The service focuses mainly on Aboriginal history, both local and family. Three books have already been published on the history of the Gamilaroi people.

Dhiiyaan would like support from Moree Plains Shire Council and funding organisations to relocate to a bigger building to establish a culturally appropriate keeping place to continue to meet objectives. This would provide the first step towards a Cultural / Reconciliation Centre for the town of Moree.

If you would like any further information on the services and activities of Dhiiyaan please email donna_briggs@norl.org



We, the undersigned, support Dhiiyaan Indigenous Centre’s project to re-locate to their own building to ensure the future success of services and activities delivered to the Aboriginal and wider community, and encourage Moree Plains Shire Council and other funding bodies to assist and approve funding applications without further delay – this has been a vision for the past 6 years – we need to act now.

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