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MEDIA RELEASE - Community invited to celebrate National Reconciliation Week

17 May 2019

The Glenelg Aboriginal Partnership Group are inviting Glenelg Shire residents to attend a whole of community event to celebrate Australia’s shared history, culture and achievements as part of National Reconciliation Week (NRW).

A community event will take place on Friday 31 May at the Portland Civic Hall from 11:00am – 1:30pm and will be based on the 2019 National Reconciliation Week (NRW) theme of Grounded in Truth: Walk Together with Courage.

The event will feature a Traditional Aboriginal Smoking ceremony, performances, student speeches and a presentation from Peter Robinson, Melbourne Storm past player and current Player Development Officer.

Glenelg Shire Acting Mayor Cr Robert Halliday encouraged community members of all ages and backgrounds to attend the event and help ensure a unified future.

“Each year National Reconciliation Week celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. This year we are fortunate to welcome former National Rugby League player and Muruwari Man Peter Robinson to our reconciliation celebrations to share his thoughts on how we can celebrate cultural difference,” he said.

“The morning will also celebrate our region’s rich cultural heritage through song and dance, and there will be speeches from local high school students, the shire’s future leaders, reflecting on reconciliation and the importance of understanding and respect.”

Cr Halliday said the Partnership Group would also host a number of small-scale events with key community members as part of reconciliation celebrations. .

“Following the success of our Citizenship Ceremony held during 2018 NRW celebrations, we will once again welcome our shire’s newest citizens through a cultural ceremony with Aboriginal elders, this time on country at Tyrendarra,” he said.

“Last year’s Citizenship Ceremony has been nominated for a 2019 HART (Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together) Award alongside our 2018 documentary Demystifying History – Indigenous Culture in the Glenelg Shire. The winners of these awards will be announced during NRW at an awards ceremony in Melbourne on Friday 31 May.

“We will also be hosting a number of events with the shire’s youngest. Primary school students from across the shire will take part in the School Activity Day on Tuesday 28 May, participating in educational activities based on traditional games and Aboriginal language, facilitated by Heywood District Secondary College Students and Budj Bim Rangers.

“In Casterton, children and families at the Kathleen Millikan Centre will come together on Thursday 30 May to celebrate the renaming of the children’s rooms at the facility. The chosen Aboriginal room names were selected by the children, their families and community to ensure greater cultural awareness.

“We hope that these diverse range of events and activities in the Glenelg Shire will help to contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.”

2019 Reconciliation Week events in the Glenelg Shire are hosted in collaboration through the Glenelg Aboriginal Partnership Group. The 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.

For further information please visit the National Reconciliation Week webpage.

To register your attendance for the Community Event please contact Jane Ruge on 1300 GLENELG or email

Public event details:
• Community Event
Portland Civic Hall
Friday 31 May
11:00am – 1:30pm

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