In the last week of July, the Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC) Community Safety Patrol (CSP) teams in Lajamanu had three days of training in Introductory Mediation and Peacemaking. The program was delivered by Troy Degenhardt and Matthew Panayi of Northern Territory Alternate Dispute Resolution. This was the same as the rest of the CSP teams had in Alice Springs in June, when the Lajamanu teams were unable to make it.
Over the three days, the group discussed traditional processes of dispute resolution and peacemaking as well as western formal mediation processes.
With this training, the crew members have a possibility of further training, which would see them gain accreditation as mediators.
Photo: The Lajamanu CSP crew Shaun Johnson, Andrew Johnson, Jenny Johnson, Melina Simons, Matrina Robertson and trainers Troy Degenhardt (third from left) and Matthew Panyani (second from right).