Monday, June 27, 2011


The Factory Community Centre’s YURUNGAI  DANCE GROUP have returned triumphant following representing Australia at the 2011 Seventh International Ordu (Turkey) Youth and Children’s Theatre Festival held between June 14–21. The group were generously received in the Black Sea port, famous for it’s connection with the founder of modern Turkey, Kemal Atatürk, and also its hazelnut growing industry.

Performing two shows in a central recreational area to large crowds, Yurungai Dance was rapturously received to the extent that security had to be called into the 2nd performance in order to protect the young indigenous group from inner city Sydney.

The eight member troupe also performed twice to over 1500 hundred children and the general public in a central park in Ankara, in the presence of Ambassador to Turkey, Mr Ian Biggs and his wife Christine. (See photos below.) The 1st perforamce was streamed live to air on National TV.

Following running a workshop the next and final day of the tour (which was held in a child-centred community centre), the group capped this life-changing experience through paying respects to Ataturk, visiting his final resting place and mausoleum. Their next big challenge is in hosting the 2012Festival at Cockatoo Island were 15 countries are expected to attend

Yurungai Dance is grateful to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program Public Diplomacy Branch of the Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through their award of funds towards the travel costs. Other funding support was received by Barnardos Australia, Redfern Waterloo Authority, Clubs Limited
NSW, Housing NSW, and the Factory Community Centre 

For further information, contact Micheal Shreenan at the Factory Community Centre
67 Raglan Street, Waterloo, NSW 2017. Email or Ph 02 9698 9569

The Factory Community Centre acts as a meeting place for local community groups and a place where residents from Waterloo, Redfern and surrounds seek support. For over 30 years, it has delivered a range of projects and programs for the benefit of the community and surrounds, with the financial support of a range of government bodies, which include The City of Sydney, various sections of the Department of Human Services, and a range of philanthropic supporters.

The agency is an experienced direct service provider, and is managed by a local resident’s management committee with a professional staff team. It is a central hub for other essential local organizations and grass root community groups operating in the area, such as:-

REDWATCH- Local Residents Advocacy
LET’S Sydney - Local Energy Trading Scheme
Spanish Community Care Association (Thurs & Fri)
Columbian Association in Australia - CALD Service Provider (Mon)
Anglicare Financial Counselling (Tues & Friday)
JewishCare – program for elderly Russians (Mon-Wed)
Gamblers Anonymous (Friday pm)
South Sydney Seniors (Tues am)
Waterloo Recycling Workshop (Fri am) & RedWater Markets (3rd Sat am)
Cycle Recycle Club (Mon pm)
Multicultural Cooking Groups
Yoga classes
New Horizons support group (Tue/ Thur)

At The Factory you will find the Barnardos Learning Centre, Yurungai, a home work program for Aboriginal children and their families. The Factory also manages the highly regarded Poets Corner Pre-School in Redfern, and is a partner with local organizations in other early childhood activities.

Additionally, The Factory offer a community support and advocacy service, funded by the NSW
Community Services, which offers independent and impartial advice on a range of issues from housing, money management, assistance with form filling, and wide range of lifestyle needs & issues.

The Factory auspices the Redfern/Waterloo Housing NSW Communities Program which employs a Community Development Worker, resourcing local community groups and residents to assist them have a say in local decision making and community planning issues. The program supports long standing community groups such as the Neighbourhood Advisory Boards, Waterloo Green Safety Action group, RedWaternews, and others.

Centre staff facilitates a variety of leisure and health activities and are involved in auspicing local projects such as the annual ‘summer on the Green’ celebration, Volunteer Awards and Public & Performance Art projects.

In 2012, The Factory will be hosting the World Festival of Children’s on Cockatoo Island.

For more information check out their website on,

The Factory has been nominated for the 2011 prestigious Sydney Business Awards under
Community Service - you can vote for us at:-

Call on 02 9698 9569,
Or drop in at 67 Raglan St., Waterloo. Mon – Thurs 9am – 4pm

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