NAIDOC Week 2016: community event in Harmony Square – Dandenong

NAIDOC logo small 2016

Come along to a fun-filled community and Council event to celebrate NAIDOC Week in the City of Greater Dandenong.

Activities will include an official opening by Mayor, Heang Tak, alongside a local community Elder and also include three young Aboriginal people who’ll be acting as MCs.

Performances by an Indigenous Hip Hop group and Jindi Worabak Dancers, broadcasting live on the big screen, as well as crowd participation in the workshops and other fun activities.

When:  Monday, 4 July 2016, 1:30 – 3:30 PM
Where:  Harmony Square, City of Greater Dandenong Civic Centre, 225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong, VIC 3175

Free event, all welcome.

More info:  City of Greater Dandenong website
or see the flyer:  NAIDOC week 2016 celebrations CoGD

Celebrating EXTRAordinary Women for International Women’s Day

Celebrating Extraordinary Women, Helen BnadsIn celebration of International Women’s Day 2016, ICACC member the City of Greater Dandenong, featured a series on EXTRAordinary Women in the Greater Dandenong community. Helen Bnads, an Aboriginal community elder, is one of the women featured and her story makes excellent reading: Greater Dandenong News, Helen Bnads

International Women’s Day is celebrated globally each year on 8 March.  It’s an opportunity to reflect on the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.

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

Cr Angela Long ICACC Co Chair for further two years

Cr Angela Long

Cr Angela Long, ICACC Co-chair

At the quarterly ICACC Local Government Liaison Group meeting held at Bass Coast Shire on 12 February 2015 Cr Angela Long was re-elected unopposed as Co-chair of the committee. The appointment is for a further 2-year term.

Cr Long is the ICACC Councillor Representative from the City of Greater Dandenong and has been an active member of ICACC for nearly 18 years and Co-chair of the Local Government Liaison Group for the past six years.

With over 30 years’ experience working with Indigenous people, Cr Long is also patron and public officer of the Bunjil Aboriginal Dance Group, is involved in a number of charity organisations both within and outside the City of Greater Dandenong where she resides, and she’s particularly interested in her work with the Dandenong and District Aborigines Cooperative.