City of Wangaratta takes out 2017 Community HART Award!

May 7, 2017

The VLGA and Reconciliation Victoria are thrilled to announce the winners of this year’s Community HART (Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together) Awards.

Local Government Award Recipients


Rural City of Wangaratta: Bullawah Cultural Trail Project                       

The Bullawah Cultural Trail was developed along the Ovens River shared path to showcase, share and record our local Aboriginal cultural heritage. The word ‘Bullawah’ is a Pangerang word and means “two over the river” and signifies the new suspension bridges that are now providing access to areas of the landscape that had not been possible previously. Bullawah also signifies Indigenous and non-Indigenous people walking together hand in hand toward reconciliation and the coming together of cultures. The Bullawah Cultural Trail incorporates interpretive signage, sculptures, public art, short films, medicinal plants, bush tucker and the Marmungun Rock that honours local Indigenous and non–Indigenous leaders in the community.  Check out this video about the project

Highly Commended: 

City of Ballarat: Ballarat Library     

Since 2015, the City of Ballarat Library has been transformed into an engaging, welcoming and respectful space for the Aboriginal community. A new partnership has been built between the Ballarat Library and members of the Councils Koorie Engagement Action Group (KEAG) and the wider Aboriginal community. This has led to new initiatives and measures to make the library a more welcoming space, such as flags, indigenous collection of resources, and welcome mat. There has also been a marked increase in cultural awareness programs and events being delivered by the library with increased attendance and positive feedback from the community.

Mildura Rural City Council: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War Memorial Project               

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War Memorial project was delivered by Mildura Rural City Council in collaboration with the local Aboriginal Community. The project delivered a permanent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War Memorial which sits proudly in Mildura’s Henderson Park, creating a foundation for future cultural and historical learning, healing, recognition as well as a space for conversations about reconciliation within the Mildura community. The project created an opportunity for collective action in community recognition, healing and reconciliation. The collaborative efforts and involvement of community from start to finish highlighted exactly what is needed for genuine community engagement and how to truly strengthen relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.



Small Community Organisation/Group

Winner: Mullagh Wills Foundation: Reconciliation through Sport – “Journey to the G”

Highly Commended: Tarerer Gunditj Project Association Inc : Tarerer Festival, ‘Sharing Culture’   



Large Community Organisation/Group

Winner: The Sovereign Hill Museums Association/ Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation: Gnarrwirring Ngitj (‘Learning Together’) Festival

Highly Commended: CoHealth: Wellness Dreaming – Prevention Team



The 2017 Finalists

Local Government
Rural City of Wangaratta – Bullawah Cultural Trail Project
City of Ballarat – Ballarat Library
City of Casey – Valley Brook Kindergarten Yarning Networks and Workshops
Gannawarra Shire – Stolen Generations
Mildura Rural City Council Plaque; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War Memorial Project and
Yarra Ranges Council – The Urban   Indigenous Community, Connection to Culture, Country, Identity and Health research project

Small Community Organisation/Group:
Mullagh Wills Foundation – Reconciliation through Sport – “Journey to the G”;
Phoenix FM – Koori Shout-Out
Tarerer Gunditj Project Association Inc – Tarerer Festival, ‘Sharing Culture’
Warrnambool Community Garden Inc. – Indigenous recognition seat

Large Community Organisation/Group:
CoHealth – Wellness Dreaming – Prevention Team
Port Fairy Folk Festival Committee Inc. – 2017 Opening Ceremony Taarndeen Chuurnuurn – ‘Big River’ – The Milky Way
The Sovereign Hill Museums Association/ Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation t/a Wadawurrung : Gnarrwirring Ngitj (‘Learning Together’) Festival
Victorian Aboriginal Health Service – Healthy Lifestyle Team

Visit Reconciliation Victoria’s website for the full bios of all the finalists.

Last Updated: February 12, 2018 at 3:21 pm