HART Awards Finalists Announced

Friday, 10 May 2019

2019 HART Awards
Finalists Announced!

The VLGA and Reconciliation Victoria are thrilled to announce the finalists of the 2019 HART (Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together) Awards. With 17 finalists over three categories: Local Government, Local Government Schools and Early Years, and Community, the HART Awards recognise outstanding initiatives in reconciliation in Local Government and Community. The nominations this year have been amazing, all furthering meaningful reconciliation. Nominees are to be commended for their achievements. The finalists are:

Local Government Category
Glenelg Shire Council
Demystifying History Documentary & Combined Citizenship Ceremony
Western Region Local Government Reconciliation Network
NAIDOC 2018 Photo Exhibition Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women of the West
City of Port Phillip
St Kilda Beach 2 on 2 Basketball Competition
City of Ballarat
Ballarat Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women's Portrait & Storytelling Project
Yarra City Council
Remember Me: A Tribute to the Stolen Generations and their Families
City of Darebin
Ongoing commitment to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community and Reconciliation

Local Government – Schools and Early Years Category
City of Darebin
Darebin Schools' NAIDOC Yarning Conference 2018 
Rural City of Wodonga
Koorie Champions Network Group
Moonee Valley City Council
We Walk Together, Wanganyinu Yan Djerring
Wyndham City Council
Wyndham Aboriginal Community Centre and Integrated Family Centre
Wyndham City Council
Reconciliation Action at Scale - Embedding Aboriginal Perspectives

Community Category
The Academy of Sport, Health and Education
Weenthunga Health Network
Ngarrn-gakgo mangkie (hear within) program
Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Corporation
Ngulu-nganjin (Our voice)
Bendigo Reconciliation Committee
Identifying and Addressing Organisational White Privilege
Whittlesea Reconciliation Group
Kulin Village at Whittlesea Community Festival
Balnarring Pre-School
Womin djeka Balnarring Ngargee including Book Launch

The HART Awards are a partnership between the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) and Reconciliation Victoria supported by Bank Australia and Local Government Victoria. 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 and demonstrate a committment to Aboriginal self-determination.

The awards ceremony will be held on Friday 31 May 12.30 pm to 3 pm at Korin Gamadji Institute, Richmond. They will be opened by the Minister for Local Government the Hon Adem Somyurek, who will also be presenting the winners’ awards. There will also be highly commended award in each category.

A light lunch will be provided from 12.30 with the Awards beginning at 1pm, including entertainment by Allara Pattison Briggs, Yorta Yorta musician and composer.

To find out more please visit VLGA and Reconciliation Victoria websites
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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 relationships, respect and understanding.

Winners will each receive a prize. The community group 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

Aileen Traynor 0438 086 450
Reconciliation Victoria