Reconciliation Week fosters closer ties

Members of the public joined Wellington Shire Council representatives in raising the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags at a special event on Friday to celebrate Reconciliation Week.

Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation board member Wendy Henry-Bishop presented Welcome to Country and local young musician Brandon Bishop played didgeridoo.

The theme for this year was ‘Let’s Talk Recognition’.

The focus was on how all Australians could better recognise each other’s contributions, cultures, achievements and histories, working together to achieve the national reconciliation effort.

Wellington Shire Council recently won the Promoting Reconciliation National Local Government Award for last year’s Deadly in Gippsland conference.

The conference brought together community members from across Gippsland in the spirit of shared knowledge and better understanding.

A council representative said Reconciliation Week provided an ideal opportunity to continue to develop and strengthen these highly valued partnerships across Wellington Shire.

Reconciliation Week also included events at other sites in Stratford, Sale and Perry Bridge yesterday.

People went along to learn the stories of local indigenous history and visit sites of significance along the Bataluk Trail yesterday.

These included the Knob Reserve at Stratford, The Lagoon at Sale Common and Ramahyuck Cemetery at Perry Bridge.