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Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA), Reconciliation Victoria and Bank Australia announce finalists in the 2017 Community HART Awards

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2017 Community HART Awards – Finalists Announced!

 The VLGA and Reconciliation Victoria are thrilled to announce the finalists of this year’s Community HART (Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together) Awards. There are 14 finalists split over three categories. For the first time we have split the community category into small and large community organisations/groups to help make the judging process fair and equitable.

The 2017 Finalists

Local Government

Rural City of Wangaratta - Bullawah Cultural Trail Project
City of Ballarat – Ballarat Library
City of Casey - Valley Brook Kindergarten Yarning Networks and Workshops
Gannawarra Shire - Stolen Generations
Mildura Rural City Council - Plaque; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War Memorial Project and
Yarra Ranges Council - The Urban   Indigenous Community, Connection to Culture, Country, Identity and Health research project


Small Community Organisation/Group

Mullagh Wills Foundation - Reconciliation through Sport - “Journey to the G”;
Phoenix FM - Koori Shout-Out
Tarerer Gunditj Project Association Inc - Tarerer Festival, 'Sharing Culture'
Warrnambool Community Garden Inc. - Indigenous recognition seat


Large Community Organisation/Group

CoHealth - Wellness Dreaming – Prevention Team
Port Fairy Folk Festival Committee Inc. - 2017 Opening Ceremony Taarndeen Chuurnuurn – ‘Big River’ – The Milky Way
The Sovereign Hill Museums Association/ Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation t/a Wadawurrung : Gnarrwirring Ngitj (‘Learning Together’) Festival
Victorian Aboriginal Health Service - Healthy Lifestyle Team

The HART Awards are a joint partnership between the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) and Reconciliation Victoria supported by Bank Australia. The awards recognise local governments and community organisations that are Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together -  Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people working together contributing to building relationships, respect and understanding between each other.

 To find out more please visit the VLGA and Reconciliation Victoria ‘s websites: or .


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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.

The Community HART Awards will be presented at an event in Melbourne on Friday 2 June 2017 at the Koorie Heritage Trust, during National Reconciliation Week.

Winners will each receive a prize. The community organisation 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,
the VLGA and Bank Australia, to provide inspiration for other organisations and communities.


The VLGA is committed to connecting communities and strengthening democracy

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