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We are connected - Raukkan TEAR trip

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For thousands of years Raukkan has been an important meeting place for Ngarrindjeri "lakalinyeri" (clans) and the site of the Grand Tendi, the parliament of the Ngarrindjeri people. For the last 150 it has been the site of a permanent settlement firstly as a mission and more recently as a Ngarrindjeri led community. You have an opportunity to visit this unique community and learn first hand how they understand community development as well as from their history and lore.

Rose and her husband Clyde, along with other members of the community have extended an invitation to TEAR to spend some time with them learning about our shared story through a deeper understanding of their story.

Learn more: Self-determination in Raukkan

Indigenous residents of the SA town Raukkan discuss about how they understand treaty and what it might mean for them.

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Rose Rigney

Rose Rigney, Chairperson of the Raukkan Community Council describes the community this way:

“I think we Ngarrindjeri have a real gift of hospitality. I think we also have a great system of community and structure. We've always had that and then somebody took it away and said “No we're going to do it this way.” So we sort of fell into that way of thinking but now we're saying “You know what? That way doesn't work for us! Why aren’t we doing what we always did?” So almost organically we've ended up back at caring for country, mentoring, hosting groups, housing people for the weekend and looking after them - hospitality. We are doing what we've always done.”

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$365 – This covers:

  • transport to Raukkan from Adelaide (return),
  • food and a accommodation provided by Raukkan Community.


Make your own way to Adelaide by midday Friday the 25th of October. From there we will travel in a minivan to Raukkan returning to Adelaide by 6:00 PM Sunday 27th of October.


We will be staying in two houses in Raukkan with a mixture of dormitory and double rooms.


Participation on this trip is subject the successful outcome of TEAR's Safeguarding children process that includes a due diligence check, signing a code of conduct and two reference checks. Participants will need to provide a current working with children check.



Pre-reading will be provided and a Skype conference call to help you make the most of this experience.

Friday afternoon

Travel from Adelaide to Raukkan with a tour guide stopping off at culturally significance sites along the way


Cultural and historic exploration of Raukkan

Evening Meal including Ngarrindjeri food, sing-along and basket weaving


Reflection and worship together

Exploration of community development in an Australian context.

Sight-seeing around the Coorong before returning to Adelaide

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Raukkan Church, Seymour Street, Narrung SA, Australia