Goorie Berrimpa Student Collective

For those new to UQ, Goorie Berrimpa welcomes you! Goorie Berrimpa is the Indigenous Student Collective for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at UQ, and our name translates into 'meeting place'.

Goorie Berrimpa is an inclusive on campus community that is made up of six student executives who organise social, sporting and professional events for all Indigenous students at UQ. There are close to 40 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students currently involved in a range of on and off-campus events organised by Goorie Berrimpa.

We're hoping to have lots of events this year that will not only link you to other Indigenous students, but also help non-Indigenous staff and students gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the amazing Australian Indigenous culture and history we represent.

Almost all of our events are free for Indigenous students to attend. This is possible due to the generous financial support of the UQ Union and the ATSIS Unit, and we are grateful for their ongoing support.

We are always keen to have any Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are interested in being a part of Goorie to come along to meetings and pitch ideas for events or offer to help organise upcoming activities.

If you'd like to receive updates on our events and get to know the UQ Indigenous mob come and join us on our Goorie Berrimpa Facebook.

Membership

To become a member of the collective you must identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student who is studying at UQ.

There are a few ways to get involved with the Collective, these include:

Request to be added to the Goorie Berrimpa private Facebook pageLike the public Goorie Berrimpa Facebook pageCome up to the ATSIS Unit (Level 2, Building 4, right next to Co-Op Bookshop) and introduce yourself to the staff

Events

Throughout the year Goorie Berrimpa hosts a variety of social functions which are open to all students within the collective. We encourage you to come and get involved within the life of Goorie Berrimpa.

The events that we hold are a good way to meet new friends, creates great memories, and learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Our events include:

  • NAIDOC dinner: A formal ball with three-course meal, guest speakers and performers.
  • NITESG: National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games or as we call it, Indigenous Uni Games
  • Social sport: Each semester we enter a team in a different social sport run by UQ Sport.
  • Beginning and end-of-semester socials: Celebrate starting and finishing the semester.
  • End of year graduation event: For all Goorie Berrimpa students who are graduating this year.

Goorie Berrimpa Officers

This year there are two Goorie Berrimpa Officers: Lucas Schober and Murrawah Johnson.

Lucas is a proud Wuthathi, Yadighana and Yindjibarndi man from the Torres Strait and the Pilbara, born and raised in Darwin. Currently undertaking my third year in a Bachelor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. In the role of Goorie Officer, my main objectives are to implement the ideas of fellow students to continue to evolve Goorie Berrimpa and make our presence felt throughout not only UQ but also the wider SEQ community. Actively engaging with students within the collective and increasing social interactions throughout community will allow us all to strive alongside each other as strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, leaving an everlasting impact as the future leaders of our people and our country.

Murrawah is a Wirdi woman coming from Wangan (Western Wirdi) country in Central Queensland. The Wirdi-speaking people have kinship ties to the broader Birragubba/Burragubba peoples of North and Central Queensland. Murrawah also identifies with her ties to the Kangalou, Wiri, Yiman/Iman, Kullali, Munanjali, Goreng Goreng, and Bigambul peoples.

Murrawah is in her final year of a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies, with a minor in Political Science.

In the role as one of the Goorie Berrimpa (Indigenous Student Collective) UQ Union Student Officers, her goal is to ensure that close connection with the Brisbane Blacks community and the broader Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community in our region is strengthened and maintained for years to come.

She believes that students of the Indigenous Student Collective at UQ can be more successful on their tertiary journey if they can see themselves reflected in community, and that vice-versa, the community can see themselves reflected in the Indigenous student and staff community at UQ.

These positions act as spokespeople for UQ Indigenous students within UQU.

2019 Goorie Berrimpa Officers: Lucas Schober and Murrawah Johnson.

 

One Mob by Lucas Schober

‘One Mob’, is a piece which depicts the coming together of all Indigenous peoples. The central meeting place represents our community, surrounded by totems and food sources (the goanna and the dugong) which symbolise both mainland Aboriginal peoples and the seafaring population of the Torres Strait Islands. On either side of the piece, waves of dots gather, representing people, all congregating towards the centre meeting circle, which in our case, represents our University. The encompassing form of the two animals unify the artwork creating a balance between both Torres Strait and Aboriginal nations. The artwork serves as a welcome to all people of all backgrounds and beliefs uniting us all as one mob.