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- 1 videocassette (VHS PAL) (57 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
- Additional Authors
- Childs, Bevan.Jowsey, David.Rymer, Judy.
- Corporate Author
- Australian Film Finance Corporation.
- "A Rymer Bayly Watson production".Credits: Director, Judy Rymer ; producers, Bevan Childs, Judy Rymer ; executive producer, David Jowsey.Developed in association with the Australian Film Commission.Financed by Film Finance Corporation.Produced in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.Program broadcast: ABC-TV, May 28th, 2003.Summary: Seven years ago, cotton farmer Dick Estens decided that he had to do something about the racial impasse that had turned his town Moree into a maze of violence, poverty and despair. His mission was simple: to get jobs for Aboriginal people. Message to Moree follows the story of Estens' Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES). Bringing powerful white industrial and agricultural employers into direct contact with unemployed Aboriginal people, the AES involves the community directly in the process of change. Much more than a job placement agency, the AES has a system of mentoring for its clients and educating employers about Aboriginal cultural awareness. Then Dick steps down, and in a radical move hands the leadership of the AES over to the Aboriginal community. He appoints a young, dynamic, Aboriginal woman, Cathy Duncan, to chair the organisation. For the first time, there is a powerful group of leaders from all sectors of the community who are working together to build a common future.There is no model. They are creating it. On the football field, at the Debutante Ball, at the NAIDOC March, in the schools and on the police rounds, new relationships are forming that are ridding the town of racism. And most importantly Aboriginal people are gaining access to the workforce. The film describes a grass roots movement in a small community driven to provide itself with a better future and by its actions providing inspiration for us all.