NAIDOC Week 2016: City of Kingston is holding a month of celebrations

Kingston_Logo_Narrow_colourICACC member, City of Kingston, is celebrating NAIDOC for the seventh year running with a month-long program of arts and cultural activities. 

The program opens on Sunday 3 July from 2:00 to 4:00 PM with Welcome to Country and smoking ceremonies being performed at Kingston Arts Centre, Moorabbin. 

The program will then run throughout July, in a celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Events include:

  • Exhibition and Artist Floor Talk – Songlines Her: stories by Paola Balla. The exhibition is open from Sunday 3 July to Tuesday 2 August. The artist floor talk is on Saturday 16 July at 2:00 PM.
  • Clocktower Projections by Josh Muir, screening nightly from Sunday 3 July to Tuesday 2 August, between 6:00 and 9:00 PM.
  • Baluk Arts Workshop for Kids, Saturday 9 July at 2:00 PM.
  • The Sapphires Film Screening, Saturday 23 July at 2:00 PM.
  • Baluk Arts Workshop for Adults, Saturday 30 July at 2:00 PM.

For costs, bookings and more info on these NAIDOC Week 2016 events in City of Kingston, visit Kingston Arts website
or click:  Kingston Arts Media Release NAIDOC 2016

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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

Kingston Council approves new Indigenous Gathering Place & Life Saving Club

Kingston_Logo_Narrow_colourICACC member, City of Kingston, has announced that works are set to begin on a new $4 million Life Saving Club and Indigenous Gathering Place in Mordialloc after a builder was appointed to the exciting new community building.

It will feature a state-of-the art centre for the Mordialloc Life Saving Club and an Indigenous Gathering Place and has been funded in partnership by Kingston Council ($2.94m), the Victorian Government in association with Life Saving Victoria ($1m) and the Mordialloc Surf Lifesaving Club ($100,000). FIMMA Constructions has been appointed to construct the project and works are expected to begin in October 2015.

Mayor, Geoff Gledhill, said the project was a highlight of Council’s 2015/16 Budget and would provide a valuable community asset.  “The Gathering Place will serve as a place of welcome for Aboriginal community members where they can connect, learn new skills, learn from Aboriginal Elders, undertake ceremonial activities, share cultural heritage and hear Elder talks on caring for Coastal and Sea Country,” Cr Gledhill said.  “The space could also be a resource for the broader Kingston community to learn about Aboriginal culture, to promote Aboriginal cultural heritage and to strengthen community connections.”

More info:  Kingston Council media release