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MEDIA RELEASE - Reconciliation documentary shortlisted for state award

7 May 2019

The Glenelg Shire has been recognised for its innovative storytelling efforts into the region’s rich indigenous heritage, receiving a nomination for a state award for reconciliation.

Demystifying History – Indigenous Culture in the Glenelg Shire, a documentary released last year by the Glenelg Aboriginal Partnership as part of 2018 National Reconciliation Week celebrations, has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Local Government category in this year’s HART (Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together) Awards.

Glenelg Shire Acting Mayor Cr Robert Halliday said the nomination was a reflection of the strength of the Glenelg Aboriginal Partnership.

“The Demystifying History documentary was the first of its kind for our shire. Never before has the Partnership group produced a documentary into our local indigenous history as part of our local Reconciliation Week celebrations,” he said.

“The documentary, filmed and produced by local filmmakers Powerhouse Productions, features interviews with Aboriginal leaders and Elders reflecting on the moments that have shaped our region’s identity. The video seeks to share the stories that may not have been told to the wider community, aligning with the 2018 National Reconciliation Week theme of ‘Don’t Keep History a Mystery’.

“Since our Reconciliation Week events, the documentary has been watched by more than 25,000 people, through social media and partnerships with education groups and aboriginal organisations, ensuring these important stories are shared to all generations.

“We hope that as a result of this award nomination we can see relationships continue to develop and deepen within our community based on mutual understanding, respect and genuine reconciliation.”

The HART Awards celebrate and honour the efforts of local governments and community groups across Victoria to progress reconciliation in their communities. The Awards are delivered as a partnership between Reconciliation Victoria and the Victorian Local Governance Association.

The award winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Friday 31 May 2019 in Melbourne during National Reconciliation Week.

For further information on the HART Awards please visit the Reconciliation Victoria website.

The Glenelg Aboriginal Partnership is comprised of representatives from Winda- Mara Aboriginal Corporation, Dhauwurd-Wurrung Elderly and Community Health Service (DWECH), Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation and the Glenelg Shire Council.

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