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APPENDIX 7. MEN'S BUSINESS PLACE
The Men of Wathaurong believe that they need a place to call their own. They
describe a "Men's Business Place" as a venue that would meet the SESW needs
they identify within their community as Koori men.
It has been explained to the Moroponuk Officer as an area of land that is
reasonably isolated, that is comprised largely of native bush, and that has
accommodation facilities. The men feel that this place would provide the
appropriate environment for alcohol and drug recovery, would act as a refuge
from relationship disputes, could provide a place of support and recovery
for men with mental illness, and a short term residence for men with legal
issues and/or bail difficulties.
It is also proposed by the men that this place would be a venue for the
Men's Business Group to meet, provide guidance to the male youth of the
community, and to work together to resolve their SESW issues in a cultural
and spiritual manner.
The men propose to develop, support, and run this service themselves. They
intend to design the "house rules" of this service, to ensure compliance to
those rules, and to be responsible for the manner in which this service
It is possible (as discussed in the youth business) that this proposal could
be combined with the Koori Place of Spiritual and Cultural Healing. Again
this would be a matter for the community to discuss and decide as a whole.