The Block: Stories from a Meeting Place

Shane Phillips, 47, is a Redfern community leader and the current CEO of the Tribal Warrior Association (TWA). He is descended from the Bundjalung, Wonnarua, and Eora peoples. Here he tells his story of growing up on the Block in Redfern and fighting for its future for the interactive documentary The Block: Stories from a Meeting Place.

Shane grew up on the Block and has lived in various houses there for most of his life, the most recent being at 11 Vine St.

He is a strong believer in assisting Indigenous people to overcome disadvantage through education and training, and much of his work with the TWA is directed toward this.

The TWA offers a maritime training program for young Indigenous people and assists them in finding employment. It owns a ship and runs various cultural cruises, which are open to the public.

He currently organises the Family and Culture Day at the Block, an event that aims to bring the community together and showcase exceptional talent in the Aboriginal community. It is held on the last Saturday of every month, and is open to all.

Shane’s parents, Richard and Yvonne Phillips, were instrumental in the establishment of the Block in the early 1970s; Shane is following in their footsteps by working to ensure its future.

He lives in Redfern with his wife; they have three children and two grandchildren.