Reflecting on this year’s work

Voice To Parliament Campaign

Events and Milestones

This year, as well as our usual events, the SCRGI events and projects included:

  • Holding ‘Shared History’ Seminars – 17 to date. 
  • Our annual Aunty Betty Memorial Walk in Reconciliation Week. 
  • Annual NAIDOC stalls and displays. 
  • We also support the satchels to remote communities project and a Reading for Reconciliation Book club. 

Sunshine Coast Yes Campaign

The SCRGI committee organised and managed the Sunshine Coast for Yes and Fairfax for Yes Voice to Parliament referendum campaign. We began that work in 2022 with a stall and ‘truth-telling theatrette’ at the Woodford Folk Festival. 30 people volunteered to assist with that effort.  We went on to mobilise over 200 supporters on the Sunshine Coast, including assisting a ‘Noosa for Yes’ group to form. 

Other efforts included:

  • We partnered with a Combined Churches group, the Australian Jewish Democratic Society, Qld Community Alliance as well as local Greens and ALP branches.  
  • We ran 2 large community events with several Indigenous speakers explaining the referendum proposal, early in the year. We also helped with other Yes 23 talks organised for the Coast. 
  • We delivered 17 small talks to local community groups about the Voice proposal. 
  • We held 9 stalls at community markets and events. 
  • And then letterboxed approx. 96,000 homes with referendum information. 
  • Our members and supporters held numerous – too many to count – ‘pop-up’ Voice referendum events at many locations around the area, to provide publicity and visibility for the Yes cause.  
  • Members wrote numerous letters to the media, funded the publishing of the Uluru Statement from the Heart being displayed in local papers and were interviewed by local and US journalists – including the New York Times, local radio and even the Murdoch press. We supported some overseas efforts to publicise the Voice proposal, and conducted Kitchen Table conversations with friends and family to explore the Voice proposal in a considered and thoughtful way. 
  • We marched en-masse in the huge Brisbane walk. 
  • Later we organised and manned pre-polling and polling stations with magnificent support from local ALP and Greens party offices. 
  • We were magnificently supported and encouraged in our work by Noel Pearson, Stephen Mam, Lara Watson, Nathan Appo, Rachel Bos, Thomas Mayo, Linda Burney, Lyndon Davis and the Sunshine Coast First Nations Network Group.  

The way forward

We were shocked and devastated by the referendum result and believe it speaks to the failure of the Australian people to read reliable information, plus to an inherent racism that refuses to acknowledge the invasion of this country by the English and deliberate devastation of Indigenous culture, as a blight on our history. 

We commit to standing with First Nations people in their sadness and disappointment at this time. We believe that as privileged allies we have an important role in speaking out about racism and ignorance, where Indigenous people may feel silenced. We also renew our commitment to supporting local Indigenous people to speak their truth. 

Acknowledgement and Content Advice​

The Sunshine Coast Reconciliation Group Incorporated acknowledges and pays respect to Queensland’s past, present and future Traditional Owners and Elders and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website contains images or names of people who have passed away.