A BEAUTIFUL carved wooden seat has been installed at Tench Reserve for residents and visitors to sit and enjoy our beautiful Nepean River views.
Penrith Council worked with the Western Sydney Aboriginal Men’s Group to install the seat and recognise the valuable work the group does in our community.
Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown said the seat mirrors those placed in parks in Parramatta and Blacktown as a totem symbol of an Aboriginal men’s meeting place.
“For 14 years the Western Sydney Aboriginal Men’s Group has created a place for men from our region to come together to share life experiences and challenges,” Councillor McKeown said.
“The group’s work to support and empower Aboriginal men to improve their physical, social, emotional and spiritual lives creates real change.
“They have been meeting at Tench Reserve for some time and this seat will provide a sense of place and belonging for their members, as well as be a beautiful resting place for others.
“Council looks forward to continuing to collaborate with the Western Sydney Aboriginal Men’s Group to benefit our many Aboriginal and Torres Str
ait Islander residents.”
The Western Sydney Aboriginal Men’s Group is involved in a number of projects to better the lives of Aboriginal men including supporting the establishment and ongoing success of the NAIDOC Jamison Park Family Gathering and supporting the Penrith and St Marys Aboriginal Police Consultative Committee.
They also work with NSW police to provide Aboriginal youth with bikes donated by the local area commands, they also take part in White Ribbon Day activities at the Penrith Civic Centre to help stop violence against women and children and are strong role models.