Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA), Reconciliation Victoria and Bank Australia have announced the finalists in the third annual Community HART Awards.
The awards aim to showcase and recognise the efforts of councils and community organisations across Victoria, that are Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together including initiatives that demonstrate Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people working together, and initiatives that have contributed to relationships, respect and understanding.
The finalists are:
- Darebin City Council: Stolen Generations ‘Empty Coolamon’ Marker
- Reconciliation in Early Childhood Partnership Working Group (name TBC): Reconciliation in Early Childhood Forum
- City of Port Phillip: Aboriginal Interpretative Signage Project
- City of Whittlesea: Sorry Space and associated Sorry Day Activities
- Yarra City Council: Connecting with the Aboriginal History of Yarra: A Teachers’ Resource
- Melton City Council: Historical Sharing Through Partnership: Creating sound-scapes of local Aboriginal women’s personal histories
NON-GOVERNMENT COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS
- The Gadhaba Local Indigenous Network: Raising the Flags
- Geelong One Fire Reconciliation Group & Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative: Reconciliation in the Park - Geelong
- Castlemaine District Radio trading as MAINfm: Dja Dja Wurrung Radio
- Tarerer Gunditj Project Association Inc: Tarerer Showcase, 'Back to the Land' 2015
- The Nara Dreamers: The Nara Dreaming Exhibition
- Wandoon Estate Aboriginal Corporation: Coranderrk
Bank Australia’s support of the Community HART awards is part of the bank’s commitment to increase awareness about reconciliation and contribute to improved opportunities and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The bank’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) further outlines this commitment.
The awards will be presented at an event in Melbourne on Friday 3 June 2016, which falls on Mabo Day during Reconciliation Week.
The Community HART Awards are delivered in partnership between the VLGA, Reconciliation Victoria and Bank Australia.