On 20 November the Inter Council Aboriginal Consultative Committee held its second cultural and educational tour for 2015.
The day was well attended by a diverse group of over 30 community members, Councillors, partner organisations and stakeholders of the ICACC member Councils, as well as members of Victoria Police and the CFA who took advantage of the cultural awareness training opportunity. At the end of the day participants had increased their understanding of Aboriginal culture and gained insight into the strong links between Aboriginal people and the land & sea.
The day started at Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne with a guided tour of the Australian Garden and a smoking ceremony. The group was then taken to several Aboriginal sites in Black Rock and Mordialloc, visiting fresh water wells, ochre cliffs and an Indigenous garden. This section of the tour included Boon Wurrung cultural heritage training. The stop at Mordialloc Life Saving Club gave an early look at works on the new Indigenous Gathering Place for the City of Kingston. See previous ICACC post for details of the project: City of Kingston Gathering Place
The ICACC Committee wants to thank the guides at Royal Botanic Gardens for the excellent commentary at the Australian Garden. Also special thanks to Boon Wurrung elder, Carolyn Briggs, for her cultural heritage training, as well as Marbee who performed the smoking ceremony and added his insightful commentary, particularly about the environmental aspects of the areas.
ICACC would like to thank all those who contributed to the success of the day, particularly the community representatives, member Councils and Victoria Police, Casey Local Area Commander, Inspector Paul Breen. The ICACC member Councils are Bass Coast Shire Council, City of Casey, Frankston City Council, City of Greater Dandenong and City of Kingston.
Several of the sites visited on the tour are part of the Bayside Coastal Indigenous Trail, which runs 17 km. along Beach Road between Brighton and Beaumaris. Having over 15 significant locations, the trail is well worth completing and can be downloaded in either map or audio format from: Bayside Coastal Indigenous Trail