2020 HART Awards Finalists Announced!

February 17, 2020

Reconciliation Victoria and the VLGA are thrilled to announce the finalists of the 2020 HART (Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together) Awards. With 16 finalists over three categories: Local Government, Schools and Early Years, and Community, the HART Awards recognise outstanding reconciliation initiatives undertaken in Local Government and in the Community. The nominations this year have been amazing, all furthering meaningful reconciliation. Nominees are to be commended for their achievements. The finalists are:

Local Government Category
 City of Ballarat
 January 26 – Survival Day Dawn Ceremony

 City of Port Phillip
We-akon Dilinja 26 January 2020

 Mildura Rural City Council
Mildura Corroboree

  Mooney Valley City Council
A local  Acknowledgement of Country for early years services

  Mount Alexander Shire Council
Victory Park- Peace and Reconciliation Play Space


Schools and Early Years Category
 Action on Aboriginal Perspectives in Early Childhood (AAPEC)
 Possum Skin Pedagogy: A guide for Early Childhood Practitioners

  Bakery Hill Kindergarten
  Kunuwarra – Children vote for a Wadawurrung Name Change

  Balnarring Pre School
  Balnarring Pre-school Living and Learning with Country Pedagogy and Practice

  Melbourne Grammar Grimwade House
  Australian Indigenous Messengers Team (AIM)

 Scoresby West Preschool
  Embedding Culturally Inclusive Practice

 St Leonard’s College
  The Warruwi Program

Community Category
  Lord Somers Camp and Power House
Be Deadly @ Somers

  Great Ocean Road Committee
Guided Surf Coast Walk

  Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
 Ngangkari support Reconciliation through Traditional Healing for Victorian Communities affected by natural disasters

  St John of God Hospital Bendigo
Weenthunga – St John of God collaboration

 Bundjil Nest Project
  Womindjeka Balnarring Ngargee (festival)

The HART Award Judges have identified three additional categories for this year:

• Community Category: Acknowledgement of work driving systemic change
• Local Government: Acknowledgment for Continued Leadership in Reconciliation
• Schools & Early Years: Acknowledgment of Work Driving System Change in Education

The HART Awards are a partnership between Reconciliation Victoria and the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) supported by Bank Australia and Local Government Victoria (LGV). The awards recognise local governments and community organisations that are Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together – Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people working together to build relationships, respect and understanding and demonstrate a commitment to Aboriginal self-determination.

The winners will be announced on 5 June during Reconciliation Week. Due to COVID-19 the Awards Ceremony will be deferred until later in the year.

These Awards recognise Victorian initiatives that contribute to local reconciliation outcomes. Finalists include initiatives that demonstrate Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people working together, and initiatives that have contributed to building relationships, respect and understanding.

Winners will each receive a prize. The community group winner and the schools and early years winner will also be awarded $1000 to support their reconciliation initiatives. 

The short-listed and winning initiatives will be profiled in a booklet and promoted on the websites of Reconciliation Victoria and the VLGA, to provide inspiration for other organisations and communities.

Media Contact/s
Diana David
CEO Reconciliation Victoria
03 9016 0657

Liddy Clark
0403 542 411

Last Updated: June 10, 2020 at 3:14 pm