It’s been nearly ten years since what became known as the Cronulla riots broke out on a sweltering summer’s day in Sydney’s south.
Some will ask “why revisit it”?
SBS has produced an extraordinary interactive website that answers that question several times over.
Along with a one hour documentary featuring some key characters from the day and the weeks surrounding it – including police, local residents who bore witness, those involved in retaliatory attacks, senior members from the Lebanese community and members of the media who documented the day – the website allows visitors to investigate in-depth aspects of the events, view news footage from the day, watch extended interviews with key characters, view relevant statistics and data and even have your say in online polls.
The Cronulla riots, for me, personally, were highly influential in terms of the way I view the world and the way in which I intend to participate in it.
It was a great privilege to be involved in this production and to be able to voice what I took away from that day. Every cloud, as they say…
I hope you can dedicate some time watch the documentary and to delve into some of the other aspects of the site because as far as I’m concerned, leaving it in the past only encourages ignorance.
CLICK HERE to visit the website.