Public memorial consultation project

Public memorial consultation project

Acknowledging victims and survivors of Catholic institutional child abuse in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

Please take your time in reading the information about the project and how to get involved. If you have any questions, please get in contact with the Mara office on 49654317.

Join the discussion

About the project

 

 

The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle made a commitment to create a public memorial to acknowledge victims and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.

Mara Consulting has been engaged to consult with the community to understand if a memorial is an appropriate way to acknowledge victims and survivors, both living and deceased, of Catholic institutional child sexual abuse.

There are two key components; firstly to understand if a public memorial is supported. If it is supported, the second part is to collect ideas about elements that could be included in a memorial.

The project aims to engage with victims and survivors, their families and support networks, and the families of those that may have died and their support networks. This is to make sure the voices of people with lived experience are heard in the decisions about a public memorial.

No one will be asked to share personal experiences. Participation is optional, is anonymous and you can opt out at any point.

Counselling support

is available

 

 

Counselling help is available

Do you support a memorial?

 

 

What is the purpose of the consultation project?

This project is to understand if there is public support for a permanent memorial to acknowledge victims and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. If there is general support, then we want to find out what elements and themes people would like to see included in a design for a memorial. For example gardens, water, sculptures, statues, parks, seats, etc.

Who will be included in the conversation?

The project aims to engage with victims and survivors, their families and support networks, and the families of those that may have died and their support networks. This is to make sure the voices of people with lived experience are heard in the decisions about a public memorial.

How can I have my say?

You can have your say online, take the survey, discuss the project over the phone or through our online platform.  A printed version of the survey can be downloaded from this site or call the Mara office during business hours and we can send a copy in the post.

The engagement process has been designed to give people the ability to get involved in a way that is comfortable, and can be done privately.

Mara's team of consultants is available should anyone want to organise a one-on-one telephone conversation. If there is another way you would like to provide feedback, please contact us:

Phone: 02 49654317

Email: projects@maraconsulting.com.au.

Take the survey

1. Survey

The first step is to understand how important a public memorial is to you and what could be included.

What could a memorial look like?

2. Share your ideas

Tell us what you would like to see in a permanent memorial. Upload images of things that could be included.

Find out more

Find out more

Want to know more about the project, visit our project page.

 

How the information will be used

Information gathered from the consultation will inform a report and will be provided to the the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

This project is being funded by the Diocese but is being run independently. The Diocese will have no access or influence while the engagement process is being undertaken.

Contact Us

Who is listening 

Mara Consulting is consulting on behalf of the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

P 02 49654317
projects@maraconsulting.com.au

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