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Indigenous mediators sought for Brisbane

Indigenous Brisbane residents wanting to help their community members find workable solutions to their disputes are invited to attend a free information session tomorrow night (Thursday 4 August).

Executive Manager of the Dispute Resolution Branch, Lindsay Smith said the Dispute Resolution Branch of the Department of Justice and Attorney-General was seeking Indigenous people who had skills or an interest in mediation to join its staff.

"Mediators help people resolve conflicts in a constructive and non-threatening way, and can be an extremely satisfying role for those who want to help make a real difference in our community,” Ms Smith said.

 “Successful candidates will receive training from the Department of Justice and Attorney-General and work with the South Queensland Dispute Resolution Centre.

 “I encourage any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person living in Brisbane to come along to the free information session to find out more about how to become an Indigenous mediator.”

Ms Smith said mediation could help save the parties involved additional stress, time and money by helping them avoid going to court, while freeing up the courts to hear more serious matters.

“Mediators act as an impartial third party and guide others through a structured mediation process,” she said.

"Any solutions developed through mediation must be acceptable to both parties.”

The free information session will be held on Thursday 4 August 2011 from 6pm to 7pm at the Dispute Resolution Branch, Level 1, Brisbane Magistrates Court, 363 George Street, Brisbane.

Closing date for those wanting to apply to become an Indigenous mediator is Monday 22 August 2011.

To attend the session or for further information about applying to become an Indigenous mediator, contact Bonnie Eggmolesse, Civil Mediation Team Leader: South Queensland Dispute Resolution Centre, on 3239 6267.

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5 August 2011
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5 November 2015
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