Celebrate Reconciliation Week with community and Council

Published on 15 May 2024


Southern Grampians Shire Council are proud to announce a vibrant lineup of events to mark Reconciliation Week, honouring the rich cultural heritage of Australia's First Nations peoples and fostering meaningful connections within our community.

Our week-long celebration will kick off with an afternoon tea on Monday 27 May in the Hamilton Cinema Foyer at 2:00pm. Join us for an enlightening address by Southern Grampians Shire Council CEO Tony Doyle, followed by the unveiling of First Nations artwork by proud Gunditjmara and Yorta Yorta man, Jason Walker. Enjoy light refreshments, engaging conversations, and immerse yourself in the beauty of Aboriginal art.

As part of our program, the Hamilton Cinema will host two FREE special screenings of the documentary Countryman at 12:00pm and 7:00pm.

On Thursday, 30 May at 10:30am, we invite you to a special storytelling session with Aunty Claudette Lovett at the library. Join us as Aunty Claudette shares ancient First Nations stories, songs, and encourages participation from children, fostering a deeper appreciation for Aboriginal heritage.

The highlight of the week will be the Reconciliation Week Concert on Friday, 31 May commencing at 6:00pm outside the Hamilton Performing Arts Centre. There will be performances from incredible musicians Jayden Lillyst, Staycee Charles and a very special showcase from the Koondoom Yarkeen Karweeyn Dancers. Drinks will be available for purchase from the PAC bar.

“We’re very excited for this year’s program of events,” said CEO Tony Doyle.

“This year the theme is ‘now more than ever’ so it’s really important that we show our support for First Nations Culture and celebrate the incredible affect that they have had in shaping this country.

“Join us for a week of cultural enrichment, celebration, and connection. Let us stand together in solidarity as we honour the spirit of reconciliation and acknowledge the invaluable contributions of Australia's First Nations peoples,” concluded Mr Doyle.


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