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Yarra Wins National Local Government Award for Promoting Reconciliation
12 April 2013
Federal Minister for Local Government, Anthony Albanese, today announced that Yarra Council has won the 2013 National Award for Local Government in Promoting Reconciliation.
Minister Albanese congratulated Council on its success.
"These prestigious awards recognise the great work that our local governments do in supporting their communities through creative and innovative programs," said Minister Albanese.
Yarra Council's award winning project Follow in my Footsteps: Celebrating Aboriginal Culture in Gertrude St was an interactive community engagement and consultation project that combined traditional storytelling (Walking Tours) with digital media.
Yarra Mayor, Cr Jackie Fristacky, was thrilled that Council's innovative and engaging approach to the project had received such prestigious recognition.
"Celebrating Aboriginal culture and history through shared experiences and storytelling was the key aim of the project. By using digital technology such as Facebook, the sharing continues long after the guided tours have concluded," said Cr Fristacky.
The walks were developed and delivered by four well-known Aboriginal actors: Uncle Jack Charles, Melodie Reynolds, Greg Fryer and Jason Tamiru, and the content was enhanced by many informal conversations with the local Aboriginal community.
"I am immensely proud of the project recognising the cultural association of Aboriginal communities with the area. It is vital to recognise and celebrate these links which contribute to the rich cultural history of our municipality," said Cr Fristacky.
This project achieves many of Council's reconciliation objectives by enhancing our local sense of identity and community pride which contributes to the quality of life in Yarra.
"This project is an excellent example of local government embracing modern technology to promote reconciliation and local storytelling," concluded Cr Fristacky.
Council is now in contention for the National Local Government Award for Excellence and will present before the judging panel in early May.
To find out more about the award-winning project, visit the Facebook page here.
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