Upcoming West Papua events

West Papua Office Open Day

Date: Saturday 22 April 2017, 1pm to 3pm
Venue: West Papua office, 838 Collins st, Docklands, Melbourne.

Our first of three Open days for 2017 at the Federal Republic of West Papua office in Docklands, Melbourne will be held for Rent Collective members and all West Papua supporters.

1pm: LUNCH by Dapur Sampari (suggested donation of $10 towards the meal)
2pm: Jacob Rumbiak will share news from his recent trip to East Africa 
2.30pm: Isabelle Skaburskis (ICJ) will launch ‘State Responsibility’ – another legal weapon, by Annette Culley.
3pm: Introducing Mir Shah, FRWPs new accountant, who’s going to talk about the plan for the office to become financially sustainable.
3.10pm: Remembering Trevor Grant

A selection of new and existing publications and traditional crafts will also be available in our KainKain+ (shop).

RSVP (for catering purposes) at frwpwomensoffice@gmail.com 

Getting there
Trams 11 or 48 along Collins Street to Stop D17 opposite ANZ Bank, and walk to rear entrance of Lifestyle Working building.

If you are intending to drive to the Open day event, on-street parking costs $3.20 per hour on Saturdays (and is limited to two hours). Alternatively, there is a commercial park with a flat rate of $10 on weekends, with entry via Merchant Street, next to Woolworths. 


WALK 4 West Papua, Geelong to Footscray

Date: 26-30 April 2017
Facebook event: ‘Walk 4 West Papua’ here.
JOIN the Walk by registering online here.

West Papuans living in Victoria and their supporters will walk from Geelong to Footscray to highlight the ongoing human rights abuses experienced by indigenous West Papuans under Indonesian occupation since 1963 and to raise awareness of, and build support for, the campaign for a free West Papua.

The distance of 73 kilometres from Geelong to Melbourne was chosen to signify the distance between Australian territory (Deliverance Island) and West Papua – our closest neighbour, close by geographical measure but shrouded in media censorship.

Information sessions to prepare for the Walk
You may join the Walk 4 West Papua for one or more of the days and overnight stops: please use the online form to register and attend one of the two information sessions to be held at Collingwood Neighbourhood house (253 Hoddle Street, enter via Perry Street):

  • Wednesday, 19 April at 7pm or
  • Sunday, 23 April at 2pm.

Itinerary – walkers will depart from the following overnight stops at 9am each day.
Tuesday April 25:        Evening and overnight at Norlane Baptist Church
Wednesday April 26:   Breakfast hosted by Geelong Trades Hall then walk to Corio bay
Thursday April 27:       Corio bay to Little River
Friday April 28:            Little River Reserve to Werribee
Saturday April 29:       Werribee Masonic Hall to Laverton
Sunday April 30:         Laverton Railway station to Footscray Arts Centre

Further information
Contact: Kugi Mayu, mobile 0436 017 429


Film Screening: Land of the Morning Star

Date: Saturday, 13 May 5 to 7 pm
Venue: St Johns Uniting Church, 37-43 Virginia Street, Mount Waverley.

An amazing, dramatic sweeping account about our nearest neighbour West Papua and, like East Timor, their journey to freedom. It includes archival footage, setting foot inside West Papua, its history and people. 

A tribute to director Mark Worth who died in West Papua just before the film’s release in Australia 2004.

A light meal will be provided before screening.
$10 or donation. 
Contact: Faye 0402 853 147.