MAKING it easier for Aborigines to access community services was the key point behind the inaugural ningina tunapri exhibition in George Town yesterday.
The ningina tunapri (gathering of knowledge) was organised by service provider Colony 47 to bridge the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal support services, according to co-ordinator Fiona Calvert.
``The purpose is to close the gap in George Town around utilising Aboriginal outreach services that are in the area and to work with some non-Aboriginal services to support them in engaging with the Aboriginal community,'' Mrs Calvert said.
``It wasn't just for Aboriginal people, it was for all to join together and have a good day.''
More than 200 people took part in the day-long event that featured traditional dance group Bungana, cooking, kelp basket making and art and craft.
Exhibitors included the University of Tasmania's Riawunna Centre, Medicare Local, the Salvation Army, Australian Electoral Commission and George Town Neighbourhood House.
The university was there to promote its Murina Pathway Program, which co-ordinator Ann Edwards said helped Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders find their way into tertiary education.
There will be a similar event held on the East Coast and at Deloraine in coming months.