Community Healing Project

About the project

The Community Healing Project is helping to overcome the broad emotional impacts of the tragic deaths of eight children at Manoora in late 2014.

The project is facilitated by a committee comprising representatives from Indigenous service providers, family, community, community organisations and relevant local, state and federal government departments. It is led by Project Coordinator Michael White from the Cairns region of the Australian Red Cross, The group is working closely with the affected families and communities to provide support and to oversee key events, and to re-establish positive relationships and encourage support and understanding within the affected communities.

Contact for media and other enquiries is Michael White, phone 0407 485 455 or via email communityhealingproj@redcross.org.au.  Media releases and statements issued by the Community Healing Project can be found below.

Community Healing Project media releases

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Remembering the children - family afternoon, Saturday 19 December 2015 (177.7 KB)
A free public event to be held on Saturday 19 December 2015 will be a joyful afternoon bringing families together in remembrance of the eight Manoora children who died last year.

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House to make way for memorial, 20 May 2015 (152.3 KB)
The house where eight Cairns children tragically lost their lives late last year will be demolished in early June 2015 to make way for a permanent memorial. Consultation with the families and communities closest to the tragedy will help determine the future of the site.

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Rabbitohs reach out to Manoora community (156.2 KB)
Two former NRL players visited Manoora in April 2015 to engage with young residents who are still struggling to come to terms with the tragic loss of eight local children.

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Program to help community heal, 9 April 2015 (121.2 KB)
A Community Healing Project will help to overcome the broad emotional impacts of the tragic deaths of eight children at Manoora in late 2014.

Last updated: 04 January 2016