Former Gympie woman Lesley Williams has campaigned hard for stolen wages.
Former Gympie woman Lesley Williams has campaigned hard for stolen wages.

Gympie to host stolen wages community meeting

Gympie community meeting planned for Stolen Wages Reparations Fund

The closing date for public submissions and feedback to the Stolen Wages Reparations Taskforce has been extended to Friday, November 20, 2015.

Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Curtis Pitt said the deadline for submissions had been extended to hold more community meetings and allow more people to contribute to this important process.

"The Taskforce will still have to report back to the State Government within the same timeframe but we want to ensure communities, individuals, families and stakeholders all have adequate opportunity to make sure the Taskforce hears their suggestions for eligibility assessment," Mr Pitt said.

"It's critical that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders affected by past governments' control of their wages and savings have the time and opportunity to have their say on how the Reparations Fund will work.

"The taskforce is specifically looking at feedback and ideas from those impacted as to how to create an eligibility assessment criteria to accurately allocate the $21 million fund to people whose wages and savings were controlled by past Queensland Governments under the Protection Acts."

Community meetings have been planned for:

  • Ingham - Monday 9 November
  • Bowen, Mapoon, Napranum - Tuesday, 10 November
  • Weipa, Aurukun, Palm Island - Wednesday, 11 November
  • Gympie - Thursday, 12 November
  • Dalby, Toowoomba - Friday, 13 November.

Other locations where meeting arrangements are yet to be finalised include: Charleville, Roma, Torres Strait Islands, Gladstone and Maryborough. 

For details of the meetings nearest to you please call the Reparations Project Team on 1800 619 505 (free from landlines only, not mobiles) orcheck the reparations website at www.qld.gov.au/reparations

Written feedback to the Taskforce can be sent to:

Stolen Wages Reparations Taskforce, PO Box 15397, City East, Brisbane, QLD, 4002 or via emailing reparations@datsip.qld.gov.au.