Yes23 is ramping-up community engagement and events across Queensland, with a Bundaberg workshop providing opportunities for locals to learn more about the upcoming referendum and get involved in the conversation.
Yes23 brings together grassroots organisations all campaigning for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through a voice to parliament.
The campaign has almost 2000 volunteers on the ground across the state who are active in communities undertaking activities such as doorknocking, letterboxing and the hosting of information sessions.
There are also over 30 Yes23 supporter groups across the state including in Bundaberg.
Yes23 in partnership with the Torres Strait Island Regional Council and Reconciliation Queensland will be hosting community conversations from next Tuesday.
Yes campaigners Thomas Mayo and Jade Appo-Ritchie will be also hosting community events over the next week in towns across the Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay region and Central Queensland, including:
• Bundaberg – Wednesday 26 July at the Bundaberg Multiplex
Thomas Mayo said this events roadshow would provide the perfect opportunity for Queenslanders to learn more about the upcoming referendum.
“There is already significant community support for our campaign, but we are ramping-up efforts to reach even more Queenslanders with our positive message between now and referendum day,” he said.
“This is a chance to talk to people throughout Queensland about how constitutional recognition through a voice will deliver better outcomes for Indigenous Australians across areas including housing, jobs, health, and education.
“All around Queensland we want people to come along to these events, have a yarn and be part of this opportunity to move Australia forward.”
Jade Appo-Ritchie encouraged locals to attend a community event near them and find out more about the importance of voting Yes.
“This is about having conversations in the community with Queenslanders about why this proposal will help deliver practical outcomes on the ground,” she said.
“This is all part of the Yes campaign's ongoing work to visit communities around Australia and provide more information about the importance of a successful referendum later this year.
“Our army of volunteers across Queensland will be out every day on the ground in communities – talking to people, doorknocking, handing out Yes pamphlets at shopping malls and speaking at information forums.
“Our experience is that when you spread the message in communities and have conversations with everyday Australians, there's goodwill, there's positivity and there’s a strong willingness to vote Yes.”
Wed 26 Jul 2023 at 6.30 pm
Bundaberg Multiplex, 1 Civic Avenue, Bundaberg
Find out more here.