NA Northern Australia Service Board
Location: Virtual Zoom
Meeting ID: 487 569 8440
Pass code 865364
Meeting Link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86913016074?pwd=QjVpNFhXektBZUpiTXR3ajU5MFgwUT09
Date: 30th January, 2023
Time: 6:30 pm
Attendees: Michael, Meredith
1.1. Chair’s welcome.
1.2. Service prayer:
God, grant us the knowledge that we may act according to your divine
precepts. Instill in us a sense of your purpose. Make us servants of your will
and grant us a bondage of selflessness, that this may truly be your work, not
ours – in order that no addict, anywhere, need die from the horrors of
1.3. Acknowledgement of Country
Today we stand in footsteps millennia old. May we acknowledge the traditional owners whose
cultures and customs have nurtured, and continue to nurture, this land, since men and women
awoke from the great dream. We honour the presence of these ancestors who reside in the
imagination of this land and whose irrepressible spirituality flows through all creation.
1.4. ID of those present
Discussion about World Conference in June (on NAWS website)
Awaiting minutes from December region meeting
FSO to post NA Todays.
2.2.1.Reports are posted on the web – December is posted
Michael to encourage groups to transfer funds to area. Many groups have funds in their sub
Postage costs for Brad
2.3. H & I Hub
Sonya M handed HADS roster to Rachel
Correctional H & I – Gatton and Helena Jones need support. Brisbane Women’s meeting has stopped, although
2 members have been approved.
5 women are interested into being on the roster.
No movement on Arthur Gorrie.
On line meetings may happen – Meredith is optimistic
Newcomer banner have been ordered for correctional facilities and all coordinators are encouraged to
purchase the banners.
Wunya – John handed roster to Alan
Caboolture mental – all good\
Chermside – slow but people are attending
Fran wants to attend H and I in prisons and doesn’t have the clean time requirement. She proposed that
women’s prisons are short on numbers. She also stated that she is still going into Woodford which is part of
the Sunshine Coast area.
After a 20/25 minute discussion, the Board decided that Fran could wait until she has the clean time
requirement to enter the prisons. This decision was also based on the experience of having members on the
roster who relapse, who have to wait before they can have direct contact with prisoners.
As a footnote (not discussed at meeting):
Decisions such as these are meant as a helpful rather than a punitive measure towards the recovering addict
2.4. LSC – Strategic Group Service Planning
Stickers will be put in Telstra phone booths. Any complaints may be directed to John. John has been
trying for official authorization from Telstra for 2 years. Stickers are business card size
Brisbane North continues to hand out business cards to police stations etc.
2.7. Website / Outreach
2.8. Board enquiries and contacts – email/ mail / etc.
2.9. New Items
Attendance at prison venues without necessary clean time discussed under H & I
3. ACTION TABLE:
4.1. Next meeting – 27th February, 2023
4.2. Serenity prayer in the plural:
God, grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change. The
courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the