ICACC tour gives insight into Aboriginal culture and history in Bass Coast

ICACC tour attended Wonthaggi Secondary College Learning Stones Opening

ICACC tour attended Wonthaggi Secondary College Learning Stones Opening

The third Inter Council Aboriginal Consultative Committee cultural awareness tour, held on Friday, 18 March 2016 visited several sites around Wonthaggi and Inverloch areas of Bass Coast. The tour gave insight into some little-known history of the area, as well as provided participants with informative and thought-provoking sessions on cultural and current local topics.

First stop was the Learning Stones site at Wonthaggi Secondary College, Dudley Campus, where the visit was held in conjunction with the official Learning Stones opening. A project by Koorie Engagement Support Officer, Department of Education & Early Childhood Development, Mr John Murray, Learning Stones is an identified place for cultural engagement, ceremony and instruction and is a place to start for teachers in their delivery of Indigenous content. The session included traditional welcome and smoking ceremonies.

The group was taken along the Bunurong coastal drive, stopping at Eagles Nest, where they heard the moving story behind Aboriginal freedom fighters Tunnerminnerwait, Planobeena, Maulboyheenner, Truganini and Probelattener. Ultimately Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner were captured and became the first people to be hanged in Victoria in 1842.

It was then on to Inverloch where the Bass Coast – South Gippsland Reconciliation Group gave an excellent presentation on the campaign to change the name of the McMillan electorate, highlighting crimes against Aboriginal people by Angus McMillan the so-called “Protector of Aborigines” in the 1840s.

Some sessions were impacted by the adverse weather conditions on the day, with part of the Learning Stones opening being held inside, while the bush tucker walk to Screw Creek, Inverloch was unfortunately cancelled. Despite the poor weather conditions, the tour was well attended by a diverse group including Councillors and staff of the ICACC member Councils; community members and volunteers; partner organisations and stakeholders of the ICACC member Councils; as well as Victoria Police. 

The tour was a collaborative event between Bass Coast Shire Council and ICACC. Thanks must also go to Mr John Murray; Mr Steve Parker; the Principal, staff and students of Wonthaggi Secondary College; members of the Bass Coast – South Gippsland Reconciliation Group; and Victoria Police, Casey Local Area Commander, Inspector Paul Breen.

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Shearwater Festival awarded prestigeous HART award

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ICACC would like to congratulate the Shearwater Festival on being awarded the Community HART Award for 2015 in the Community Organisation category.

The HART awards are presented in partnership between the Victorian Local Governance Association and Reconciliation Victoria. The awards celebrate projects in which local governments and community organisations are Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together.

The Shearwater Festival Working Group coordinates the festival and the Shearwater Education Program, which are now in their fourth year. The Shearwater Festival is auspiced by the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation of Languages (VACL) and led by a partnership of Bass Coast Shire Council and Phillip Island Nature Park. The festival working group is comprised of a cross-section of community members and staff from VACL, Bass Coast Shire Council and Phillip Island Nature Park.

Shearwater Festival logo final 2014More info on the awards:
Reconciliation Victoria
Victorian Local Governance Association

More info on the festival:  Shearwater Festival 
and read the previous post on the festival

Shearwater Festival finalist in 2015 community HART awards

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Update:  Shearwater Festival awarded the 2015 Community HART Award.  More info

ICACC would like to congratulate the Shearwater Festival on being shortlisted as a finalist in the prestigious HART Awards.  Nominated by Bass Coast Shire Council, last year’s festival focused on creating a cultural connection with the Aboriginal community and the historical links of the Boon Wurrung with the Short Tailed Shearwater birds on Phillip Island.  Read about the HART award finalists and their reconciliation activities:  Hart Award Finalists

About the HART Awards

The Community HART Awards recognise Victorian partnerships and initiatives that contribute to local reconciliation outcomes and are presented in partnership between the Victorian Local Governance Association and Reconciliation Victoria.  The awards recognise Victorian local governments and community organisations which are Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together. Winners will be announced at an event on Thursday 28 May at Korin Gamadji Institute.

Congratulations to all the finalists
Local governments:  Darebin, Western Region Local Government Reconciliation Network (Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley & Wyndham), Yarra City, Brimbank, Greater Geelong City and Port Phillip.
Community organisations: Baluk Arts, Deadly Dancers & Corrina O’Toole, Lake Bolac Eel Festival, Shearwater Festival, Shepparton Regional Reconciliation Group and Uncle Boydie’s Dream Team.

Shearwater Festival logo final 2014About the Shearwater Festival

Visit the Shearwater Festival website for more info:  http://www.shearwaterfestival.com.au/
And watch the Vimeo for highlights of last year’s festival:
Shearwater Vimeo

Learning Stones in schools

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ICACC members took a visit out to Wonthaggi for the May 2013 Bass Coast Shire ICACC forum. The committee paid a visit to  Koorie Engagement Support Officer John Murray to learn about the  Wonthaggi Primary School Learning Stones Project.

A creation of Koorie Engagement Support Officer for DEECD in South Gippsland, John Murray, the Learning Stones project was designed to create an Indigenous cultural safe space for awareness and community participation and proudly funded by the School Focused Youth Service program.

You can read more about the Indigenous Primary Education Initiative athttp://learningstones.com.au/ or visit the Learning Stones Facebook page:  Learning Stones Facebook