After a long journey consulting Aboriginal communities about Constitutional Recognition, a gathering took place in Uluru in late May 2017.

The First People’s deliberations at Uluru led to the Uluru Statement, at the heart of which were two fundamental requests.
1. That our Constitution be changed to recognise our first people.
2. That there be a standing indigenous council to advise the federal government on matters that affect the lives, customs and welfare of the first people, and the council’s views be sought if the government initiates any legislation that might affect indigenous communities.

uluru statement from the heartRead a related article by Jeff Kennett is recommended by Aunty Eleanor Bourke:



Geelong One Fire members are delighted that Norm Stanely is Co-ordinating Reconciliation in the Park this year.

Sunday 28th May at Johnstone Park, Geelong: 10am - 3pm

Come and join Aboriginal and non Aboriginal people as we learn, build friendships and grow our activities for reconciliation in this region.

'Let's Take The Next Step' is the theme for the annual Reconciliation In The Park free event, hosted by the local Aboriginal community and Geelong One Fire Reconciliation Group.

The 2016 Community HART award winning event, will this year honour the co-founder and Uncle to us all, David Tournier.
A tribute to Uncles story telling through music, art, sculpture and dance will be woven through the Park as we take those "Next Steps" towards the future.

 GCC Cheque receipt 2017 website 

Geelong Connected Community: $2000 grant cheque for the event, presented here by Chris Barker to Norm Stanley & Vicky Grosser
Thanks also to fund providers: Geelong Council, St John of God Hospital, Reconciliation Victoria.


Let’s talk recognition—
a children’s art exhibition
20 May to 9 July 2017

Program and exhibition sponsored by Strategic Partnership Program—Department of Education and Training.

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A new Partnership Agreement between Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative and Geelong One Fire Reconciliation Group was adopted in December 2016.

Rod Jackson: Co-op CEO and Vicky Grosser: One Fire Acting President signed the document.

Rod and Vicky expressed a sense of the growing strength of the organisational partnership through joint projects for local reconciliation - supporting Aboriginal community self-determination.

With funding from Australia Post & Towards a Just Society Fund, the Co-op with One Fire are developing an exciting project:
Djillong: Our History, Our Story, Our Future - strengthening local Aboriginal knowledge of history and culture

This project builds on the existing Djillong website:


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Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative & Geelong One Fire are proud winners of the State Community HART Awards (community organisations) for the annual Reconciliation in the Park event.

Seven members of both organisations were at the award ceremony on 3rd June. As Mel King: Rec in Park Co-ordinator stated: "I was honoured to receive this award, Uncle Dave from Wathaurong and Ron Milligan from One Fire started the annual event and it continues to grow and build stronger relationships each year.... From big things little things grow. Let's continue to walk together".

HART stands for 'helping to achieve reconciliation together'.
The awards recognise councils and community organisations that are Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together – that is, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people working together and contributing to building relationships, respect and understanding between each other.

“The HART Awards are a great example of how, together, we can recognise and celebrate the work of people who are creating a society we can all take part in, proudly and equally" said Cr Sebastian Klein: Victorian Local Governance Association President.

Reconciliation in the Park (Geelong), conducted by Geelong One Fire Reconciliation Group & Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative, contributes to local relationships between Aboriginal people and the wider community. In winning the award, we acknowledge many local funders, sponsors and contributors.

Comm HART Awards June16

Back row: Ron Milligan, Stacey Mercer, Mick Ryan, Edwina McHenry; Front row: Mel King, Uncle David, Vicky Grosser

Reconciliation Victoria, Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) and Bank Australia announced the winners of the 2016 Community HART Awards at a presenation ceremony attended by Aunty Joy Murphy and the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Hon Natalie Hutchins.

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What would you like to learn about local Wathaurong Aboriginal community history, culture and people?

Come and learn about local 'indigenous' plants from a display by Wilma Trew.

Information sheets will be available and can be downloaded here.

Gavin Couzens provided the Reconciliation workshop at Mathew Flinders Secondary College. Students completed art in preparation for the Geelong Gallery 'Let's Talk Recognition' exhibition.

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Just 6 weeks to go until Reconciliation in the Park, at Johnston Park, Geelong.

Live music performances will include: The Deadly Duo, Mick Ryan and The Louds, and Elzekiel Ox
Plus Geelong Koori Kids Choir with new songs from their workshop with Debra Cheatham

'Djillong' education materials will be on display
Geelong Gallery will be open from Johnston Park, to see the schools 'Let's Talk Recognition' art display

FREE BBQ, including bush tucker

Download the event POSTER HERE.

View the National Reconciliation Week video:

Thanks to our funders: City of Greater Geelong, Geelong Connected Communities, St John of God Hospital & Reconciliaiton Victoria

Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-op and Geelong One Fire are finalists in the Community HART Awards for provision of Reconciliaiton in the Park, with results due to be announced on 3rd June.