Don't keep history a mystery National Reconciliation Week

9 May 2018 - Media release

Campaspe Shire Council and Njernda Aboriginal Corporation are joining forces for a whole of community event to celebrate Australia’s shared history, culture and achievements as part of National Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June).

Mayor, Cr Adrian Weston said this year’s theme is “don’t keep history a mystery” and is encouraging Australians to learn, share and grow.

“The theme has focus on exploring our past, learning more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, and developing a deeper understanding of our national story,” Cr Weston said.

“The week itself provides an opportunity to celebrate and strengthen the reconciliation process.”

The week commemorates two historic milestones – the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

“Last year we joined up with Njernda for a whole of community event which was well attended. We are hoping to build on this and get hundreds of people involved,” Cr Weston said.

The event will be held on Monday, 28 May meeting at 10am at Njernda (84 Hare Street) for a community walk along Hare Street to the Aquatic Reserve. Once at the reserve, a flag raising ceremony will follow along with speeches.

Njernda Aboriginal Corporation Youth Worker, Keith Hearn, is encouraging the community to participate in the walk after such a great turn out last year.

“It’s amazing to be again joining with the Campaspe Shire to show support and solidarity by building stronger relationship between our organisations and also with the broader community,” Mr Hearn said.

“We are so proud of our rich history and how far we have come as an Indigenous community and I feel this is a great opportunity to share and offer knowledge of our culture and to further bridge the gap for us all by understanding and respecting our culturally diverse community in which we live.”

For more information about the event contact Bobbi Aitken on 5481 2206 or visit council's website.