ICACC tour increases community understanding of links between Aboriginal people and the land & sea

First site visited was Cranbourne Botanic Gardens

First site visited was Cranbourne Botanic Gardens

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. 

The ICACC tour visited sites around Black Rock area

The ICACC tour also visited sites around Black Rock area

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

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ICACC tour to local Aboriginal sites in City of Greater Dandenong & City of Casey

Smoking ceremony at Dandenong Police Paddocks

Smoking ceremony at Dandenong Police Paddocks

On 15  May the Inter Council Aboriginal Consultative Committee held an educational tour to culturally significant Aboriginal sites.  The day was well attended by community representatives, partner organisations, stakeholders and Victoria Police, as well as Councillors and a Mayor from the ICACC region. 

During the morning the group visited sites in the City of Greater Dandenong and highlights included Dandenong Police Paddocks, where Margaret Gardiner explained the significance of the area and its importance to the Aboriginal community.  This was followed by a visit to the scar tree in the historically significant Dandenong Park precinct. 

The afternoon was spent in the City of Casey. Of particular interest was the Lynbrook Estate development which showcased the preservation of significant trees such as birthing and scar trees, as well as regenerated bush areas that were preserved during development of the estate. A visit to the Hampton Park renewal project featured Aboriginal artwork and rounded off a busy and rewarding day.

 Acting as MC during the day was talented musician Kutcha Edwards.  Kutcha was born on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River at Balranald, New South Wales, of the Mutti Mutti people.  Kutcha challenged the group with his commentary and his workshop during lunch was particularly thought provoking.  

Hampton Park artwork

Hampton Park artwork

The ICACC committee wants to thank Andrew Gardiner, CEO of the Dandenong & District Aborigines Co-operative for his commentary during the morning session.  Also thanks to Margaret who welcomed the group to the Dandenong Police Paddocks and Jesse who performed the smoking ceremony.  Mandy Nicholson guided the group at Lynbrook and Hampton Park and her local knowledge was extremely educational. 

The tour was a result of collaboration between the ICACC member Councils, the local Aboriginal community and Victoria Police, Casey Local Area Commander, Inspector Paul Breen.  ICACC members are City of Casey, Frankston City Council, City of Greater Dandenong, Bass Coast Shire Council and City of Kingston. 

Read some of the articles that appeared after the tour:
The City Magazine July 2015
Dandenong Journal 1 June 2015 P42

The City of Casey presents… Bunjil Place

City of Casey LogoVisit the new Bunjil Place website to keep up-to-date
with progress. 

Watch Bunjil Place transform through time-lapse
photography, see architect’s impressions
and read the full meaning behind the name
Bunjil Place:  Bunjil Place Website

Bunjil Place has been revealed as the official name of the Casey Cultural Precinct.  The new name and its supporting brand were unveiled at a special sod turning event on 30 March 2015, to celebrate the beginning of construction works for the $125 million project.

City of Casey Mayor Cr Mick Morland said at the event:
‘This project is so exciting to be involved in. This will be Casey’s largest ever infrastructure project, and the first of its kind to be undertaken by local government.

‘I’m delighted we can finally share and acknowledge this project as Bunjil Place from here on.

‘Bunjil Place links us to Casey’s Aboriginal heritage. Bunjil is derived from traditional Aboriginal mythology meaning ‘the eagle’. It is the creator and spiritual leader of the Boon Wurrung people.

‘The story of the Bunjil provides a great link to this new facility and the idea that it will be a gathering place for the community and visitors.

‘Our project architects’ Francis-Jones Morehen Thorpe were also inspired by the Bunjil when they developed the winning design.

‘Council agreed that the historical significance of the name and its close link with the architecture – made it the best name’.

For more information on the launch visit:  City of Casey, Bunjil Place