City of Yarra wins Community HART Award

March 3, 2016

City of Yarra and Reconciliation in the Park (Geelong) were recently announced as winners of the Community HART Awards 2016.

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

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 City of Yarra received the Local Government Award for its Connecting with the Aboriginal History of Yarra; A Teachers’ Resource. The resource is a much needed toolkit for the local community and provides local teachers with a roadmap for teaching local Aboriginal history and engaging with Traditional Owners, the Wurundjeri people.

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.

The 3rd annual Community HART Awards were presented by Reconciliation Victoria, in partnership with VLGA and Bank Australia, and the winners were announced at a ceremony at the Koorie Heritage Trust on 3 June (Mabo Day).

Finalists for this year’s Awards are:

Local Government

City of Greater Dandenong and City of Casey: Reconciliation in Early Childhood Forum

Darebin City Council: Stolen Generations Marker ‘Empty Coolamon’

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

City of Port Phillip: Aboriginal interpretative signage project

City of Whittlesea: Sorry Space and associated Sorry Day activities


Community organisation

Castlemaine District Radio Inc trading as Main FM: Dja dja Wurrung Radio

The Nara Dreaming Exhibition: The Nara Dreaming Exhibition

The Gadhaba Local Indigenous Network: Raising the Flags

Geelong One Fire Reconciliation Group & Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative: Reconciliation in the Park

Tarerer Gunditj Project Association Inc: Tarerer Showcase – ‘Back to the Land’ 2015

Wandoon Estate Aboriginal Corporation: Coranderrk


Visit Reconciliation Victoria’s website for more information.

Last Updated: July 27, 2016 at 10:34 am