Noel Harvey 20 August 2019

Published on 20 August 2019

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I had the honour of launching the Ngardang Girri Kalat Mimini exhibition on Saturday afternoon at the Central Goldfields Art Gallery.

This exhibition is the first to come from a collaborative network consisting of female Indigenous artists from regional Victoria.

This is a once in a life time opportunity and I encourage all locals and visitors alike to see this exhibition before it finishes.

Congratulations to curator Georgia MacGuire for making her exhibition idea a reality and also to the Art Gallery for their celebration of Indigenous culture.

Thanks also to Creative Victoria, Regional Arts Victoria and National Exhibitions Touring Victoria for providing funding support for this exhibition.

Prior to the exhibition launch, we had the opportunity to be part of ceremonies and celebrations at the Maryborough Resource Centre which included a Welcome to Country by Dja Dja Wurrung Elder Aunty Marilyn Nicholls, musical performances and a smoking ceremony.

The smoking ceremony is a significant act of healing with a focus on acknowledging the past and the impact that the gold rush has had on Victorian Aboriginal people, art and culture, specifically the Djaara people of Dja Dja Wurrung Country.

From a Council perspective, we are developing our Reconciliation Action Plan to help guide Council on a range of issues, topics and events.

This action plan will also strengthen Council’s relationship and connection with the Dja Dja Wurrung Corporation.