Tag Archives: Australian African Network

Autumn picnics

Sunday 21 April: 1.00 – 4.00pm

It’s back out west to Holroyd Park in Merrylands in April – great play equipment and heaps of space to run around. We’ll be meeting by the playground. There are BBQs so we may have a sausage sizzle – keep you posted.

Hope to see you there.


Saturday 23 March: 1.00pm – 4.00pm

Sydney Park, Princes Highway St Peters.

AAN’s winter Picnics

We have planned out our picnics for the next few months – hope you can join us one of these crisp winter afternoons.

Saturday 26 May: Sydney Park, St Peters

Sunday 24 June: Holroyd Gardens, Merrylands

Saturday, 28 July: Pirrama Park, Pyrmont (catch the light rail, Get out at the Casino & walk down Pirrama Rd to the waterfront park)

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Annual General Meeting

You are invited to attend AAN’s Annual General Meeting.

To make things easier for everyone we decided to hold it immediately before our next picnic (see below).

In order to vote you must be a member of AAN, so renew your membership or join now. Download membership form. Hope to see you there.


Saturday, November 19, 2011
AGM starts at 12.00
Picnic from: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
The waterplay park at Steel Park, Marrickville.

Bring your cossies and some food to share/BBQ. The waterplay park is a family friendly Park with BBQs, playground, soccer field, and it’s right on a bike path along the Cooks river.

Looking forward to seeing you all there. For more information or wet weather plans please call Suzanne on: 0401 869 106.

End of year picnic

Come and join us for our end of year picnic this coming Saturday – 1.00pm – 5.00pm, 27 November at Johnson Park, Dulwich Hill. Bring special celebration food to share. (There are BBQs). If it’s raining we’ll have it at an AAN members home in Dulwich Hill – ring Cornel for the address: 0402 651 563. Hope to see you there!
We’ve also planned out our picnics for the first couple of months of 2011:
Saturday 15 January – 1.00pm – 5.00pm, bring your cossies to the new waterplay park at Steele Park in Marrickville
Sunday 27 February – 1.00pm – 5.00pm, AAN goes back to Central Gardens Reserve in Merrylands

September picnic

The next AAN picnic will be 2.00pm – 4.30pm Saturday 25 September  at Central Gardens Reserve Merrylands, Cnr Merrylands Rd & Cumberland Highway.

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Come along and meet new people and families of mixed backgrounds. Bring some food to share, and enjoy good company. The children will enjoy exploring the animal exhibits in the park and there is plenty of room for bike riding or ball games.

If it is raining we will meet at Abla’s Cafe nearby on Sherwood Rd. Please contact Suzanne on 0401 869 106  for more details. Hope to see you there!

You’re invited …

Australian African Network is holding our first Picnic/BBQ for 2010 on Sunday February 14th, at Johnson Park Dulwich Hill.
Come along and meet new families similar to your own and let the children have fun exploring the new playground equipment. There is a basketball play area and plenty of room for bike riding. Bring some food to share, and enjoy the good company of others.
For more information please call Suzanne on: 0417 777 131
If it is raining we will meet at a Abla’s Con New Canterbury Rd. Dulwich Hill
Hope to see you all there.

August picnic in Merryands

The next AAN picnic will be

1.00pm – 4.00pm

Saturday 8 August

at Central Gardens Reserve Merrylands

Cnr Merrylands Rd & Cumberland Highway.
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Come along and meet new people and families of mixed backgrounds. Bring some food to share, and enjoy good company. The children will enjoy exploring the animal exhibits in the park and there is plenty of room for bike riding or ball games.

If it is raining we will meet at a Cafe close by. Please contact Suzanne on 0417 777 131 for more details. Hope to see you there!

Happy 2009 and 08 wrap-up

AAN wishes a Happy New Year to all our members and supporters.

While our regular picnics will be starting up again soon, we haven’t yet made plans for activities in 2009 – we will be doing so at our first meeting for the year in Mid-February, with our newly elected committee. 

At our AGM on December 12 we welcomed new committee members, re-elected some old ones and farewelled one of our Co-Convenors. The new committee is:

Non African Co-Convenor: Annie Stopford

African Co-Convenor – vacant. Thanks to Gloria Davidson, one of AAN’s founding members, for all her work in this role. Gloria has had to resign due to other commitments, but we know she’ll stay a staunch supporter of AAN.

Secretary: Suzanne O’Garey

Treasurer: Jill Sergeant

Ordinary members: Mohamed Dukuly, Nicole Cunningham, Cornel Robinson, Liz Tinney

There are still vacancies on the committee – if you’d like to be involved, email admin@australianafricannetwork.org.au.

Download Annual Statement and Financial Report Please note this covers the financial year from incorporation in August 2007 to 30 June 2008. 

CD Winners

Winners of the Putumayo CDs were drawn at the AGM. Congratulations to new members Jessica O’Garey and Cornel Robinson.

End of year party

Around 80 adults and children attended the AAN end of year party in Lakemba on December 6th. The weather smiled upon us, the band was fantastic, the food was delicious and of course the crowd was fun and interesting. Were you there? Check back in soon to see if we captured you on film in our party slideshow.

Our thanks to Canterbury Council for sponsoring this event with a Harmony Day Grant, and also to Kindia Clothing (call Sara on 0415 096 526 for gorgeous hand-made African children’s clothes) and Adom Beauty and Braiding, 37 Enmore  Rd Newtown (ph: 02 9550 6630) for providing raffle prizes.

AAN survey results

In October 2007 AAN started an online survey. We wanted to know more about the challenges and needs of people in mixed relationships in NSW, and also what kinds of activities they’d like AAN to do. It’s a first that we know of in Australia.

75 people filled in the survey and the key issues that they named as important were lack of connection to African culture and community, cultural issues, and racism and prejudice. They were most interested in AAN doing picnics, and seminars on political and cultural issues.

39 of the people who answered the survey were currently in a mixed relationship and 20 used to be, and the remainder either were “just friends” or did not answer the question.  They represented 18 countries and all regions of Africa, and 24 different language groups.

56 women and 18 men filled out the survey. 21 were of African heritage and 52 were non-African. 36 were the parents of mixed children.

For more detail Download the survey results summary (PDF, 5 pages).

We are very pleased with the response, it has provided useful information which will help us as an organisation. Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill it in. 

We will be keeping the survey online until the end of year because we are keen to get the views of more men and more African heritage people, so as to get a fuller picture of what people in mixed relationships want & need. So if you haven’t already, please do the survey, and/or encourage your partners and friends to do so too.

Do the survey online or Download the survey (MS Word) and email or post it back to us.

Petition Update

Thanks to all who have supported our petition. We now have over 1700 signatures.

AAN is currently negotiating to present the petition to Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews by early November. We will also present it to Shadow Minister Tony Burke.

View our Letter to Mr Andrews and supporting documentation.
If you haven’t yet done so, please sign the petition now. Let’s push that number up past 2,000! Tell your friends.

View the AAN Media Release which was circulated on October 10 (PDF, small file).

For more info and statements on this issue, see AAN condemns Andrews’ statements on African migration