2021 HART Awards Finalists and Booklet



Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together

The HART Awards are a partnership between the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA), and Reconciliation Victoria, and supported by Bank Australia and Local Government Victoria. Now in their 8th year, these Awards recognise local Victorian initiatives and champions that make a real difference in their community by contributing to local reconciliation outcomes. 

The awards recognise local governments and community organisations/groups that are Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together. Nominations should be initiatives that demonstrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal people working together, and initiatives that have contributed to strengthening relationships, respect and understanding while demonstrating a commitment to Aboriginal self-determination.

2021 HART Awards


The VLGA and Reconciliation Victoria are thrilled to announce the finalists of the 2021 HART (Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together) Awards. With 18 finalists over three categories: Local Government, Schools and Early Years, and Community, the HART Awards recognise outstanding reconciliation initiatives undertaken in Local Government and in the Community. The nominations this year, and during a lock down year, are nothing short of brilliant, all furthering meaningful reconciliation. Nominees are to be commended for their achievements. The finalists are:

Local Government Category
City of Ballarat

Banyule City Council
Mam-badool Djerring – Reconciliation Action Plan

Brimbank City Council
Koorie Homework Club

Glen Eira City Council
26 January – an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective

Hepburn Shire Council
Peaks, Wetlands and Rivers – Truth Telling and Reconciling our Shared History at Contact

Mildura Rural City Council
NAIDOC 2020 online event

Schools or Early Years Category
Carlton North Primary School
Reconciliation Endeavour

Cornish College
Reconciliation Action Plan

Healesville Primary School
Culture for Life

Melbourne Grammar Grimwade House
Advocacy at MGGH

Yuille Park P-8 Community College
Nyatne Mok Boriyn (Thankful and Proud)

Moolap Primary School
Moolap Cultural Immersion Project

Community Category
Girraway Ganyi Consultancy Pty Ltd
Girraway Ganyi Consultancy YouTube Channel

Lake Bolac Eel Festival
Stories from the Eel Festival - Kuyang Lapakira (Plenty Eels)

Shepparton Region Reconciliation Group
Line of Remembrance Vigil (Blak Lives Matter)

The Torch
The Torch's CONFINED exhibition

The Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance Committee
Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance Service

Our Song Lines
Our Survival Day

Wanyara Pty Ltd

The HART Awards are a partnership between the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) and Reconciliation Victoria supported by Bank Australia and Local Government Victoria (LGV). The awards recognise local governments and community organisations that are Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples working together to build relationships, respect and understanding and demonstrate a commitment to Aboriginal self-determination.

The Minister for Local Government the Hon Shaun Leane will announce the winners at the Awards ceremony on Friday 4 June at the end of National Reconciliation Week.

To find out more please visit VLGA and Reconciliation Victoria



2020 Winners Announced

2020 Winners 

Local Government Category

Winner: Mildura Rural City Council
Mildura Corroboree
Highly Commended: City of Ballarat
January 26 - Survival Day Dawn Ceremony

Acknowledgement for Continued Leadership in Reconciliation:
City of Port Phillip

We-akon Dilinja 26 January 2020

Schools or Early Years Category

Winner: Balnarring Pre School
Balnarring Pre-school Living and Learning with Country Pedagogy and Practice

Highly Commended: St Leonard’s College
The Warruwi Program

Community Category
Winner: Lord Somers Camp and Power House
Be Deadly @ Somers

Highly Commended: Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
Ngangkari support Reconciliation through Traditional Healing for Victorian Communities affected by natural disasters

Acknowledgement of work driving systemic changeSt John of God Hospital Bendigo
Weenthunga - St John of God collaboration

View the 2020 Virtual Ceremony


Video of the 2019 HART Awards

2019 Winners
Local Government Category

Glenelg Shire Council
Demystifying History Documentary & Combined Citizenship Ceremony

Highly Commended
City of Darebin Aboriginal Advisory Committee
Ongoing commitment to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community and Reconciliation

Special Mention
City of Yarra
Remember Me: A tribute to the stolen generations and their families

Local Government – Schools and Early Years Category
City of Darebin
Darebin Schools' NAIDOC Yarning Conference 2018 Because of Her We can

Highly Commended
Wyndham City Council
Reconciliation Action at Scale - Embedding Aboriginal Perspectives

Community Category
Whittlesea Reconciliation Group
Kulin Village at Whittlesea Community Festival

Highly Commended
Balnarring Pre-School
Womin djeka Balnarring Ngargee including Book Launch

Special Mention
Bendigo Reconciliation Committee
Driving systemic change: Identifying and addressing organisational white privilege