2021 HART Awards Finalists Announced

Monday, 3 May 2021

2021 HART Awards
Finalists Announced!

The VLGA and Reconciliation Victoria are thrilled to announce the finalists of the 2021 HART (Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together) Awards. With 19 finalists over three categories: Local Government, Schools & 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 committment 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

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These Awards recognise Victorian initiatives that contribute to local reconciliation outcomes. Finalists include initiatives that demonstrate Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people working together, and initiatives that have contributed to building relationships, respect and understanding.

Winners will each receive a prize. The community group winner and the schools and early years 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 and the VLGA, to provide inspiration for other organisations and communities.


Media Contact/s
Liddy Clark 0403 542 411

Sofia Rios Reconciliation Victoria