2018 HART Awards – Winners Announced

June 1, 2018

The HART Award Winners for 2018 were announced at a ceremony on Friday 1st June, during National Reconciliation Week. Now in their fifth year, the HART Awards recognise local governments and community organisations that are advancing reconciliation in Victoria.

The 2018 Winners and Highly Commended Awardees are:

Local Government Category
WINNER: Greater Shepparton City Council for Dana Djirrungana Dunguludja Yenbena-I (Proud Strong Aboriginal People) Aboriginal Street Art Project.
Community Engagement Category
WINNER: Lake Bolac Eel Festival Inc for the 12th Lake Bolac Eel Festival.

Changing the Way we Work Category
WINNER: Inner North West Primary Care Partnership for the Working in Two Worlds Initiative.

Congratulations to all finalists for their ongoing commitment to progressing reconciliation across Victoria!

Read about our 2018 HART Award Finalists

Nominations for the 2019 HART Awards will open in Feb/March 2019 – watch this space!


Local Government Category

Darebin – Welcome to Country Professional Development 2017

East Gippsland – Our Commitment to Reconciliation

Glen Eira – Glen Eira Planning for Reconciliation program

Greater Shepparton – Dana Djirrungana Dunguludja Yenbena-I (Proud Strong, Aboriginal People) – Aboriginal Street Art Project

Moonee Valley – Babepal Paen-mirring – Ceremonial Rock Circle

Mount Alexander – Australia Day Awards Ceremony – Survival Day Component


Community Organisation Category

Bundjil Nest Project – Womin Djeka Balnarring Ngargee Festival

Lake Bolac Eel Festival Inc – 12th Lake Bolac Eel Festival

Merri Health – The Little Long Walk

Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place – Together in Harmony Event

The Torch – Confined 9 Exhibition

Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association – Reconciliation Walk Mornington Peninsula

Inner North West Primary Care Partnership – Working in Two Worlds Initiative

VACCA and Moondani Balluk (Victoria Uni) – Footprints for Success

Woor-Dungin – Aboriginal Partnership Program


The HART Awards will be presented at an event in Melbourne on Friday 1 June 2018, during National Reconciliation Week. 

Reconciliation Victoria, in partnership with VLGA and supported by Bank Australia and Local Government Victoria, presents the 5th annual HART Awards. These Awards recognise Victorian initiatives that contribute to local reconciliation outcomes.

Nominations could be initiatives that demonstrate Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people working together, and initiatives that have contributed to relationships, respect and understanding. 

Winners will receive an award. The community organisation winner will also be awarded a prize of $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, VLGA, Local Government Victoria and Bank Australia to provide inspiration for other organisations and communities. 

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Last Updated: September 4, 2018 at 8:31 pm