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Click here to open NRG Newsletter No.41 March 2010 (252KB)

Click here to open NRG Newsletter No.42 May 2010 (160KB) Attachment: Past Matters 2010 (195KB)

Click here to open NRG Newsletter No.43 August 2010 (440KB)

Click here to open the President's & Financial Reports to the AGM, September 2010 (264KB)

Click here to open NRG Newsletter No.44 November 2010 (293KB)

Click here to open NRG Newsletter No.45 April 2011 (435KB)

Click here to open NRG Newsletter No.46 June 2011 (488KB)

Click here to open the President's & Financial Reports to the AGM, October 2011 (205KB)

Click here to open the President's & Financial Reports to the AGM, October 2012 (333KB)

Click here to open the President's & Financial Reports to the AGM, November 2013 (366KB)

Click here to open the President's & Financial Reports to the AGM, November 2014 (283KB)

Click here to open the Annual Statement & Financial Report to the AGM, November 2015 (169KB)


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2012 Victorian Community History Awards


Mick Woiwod's Coranderrk Database has received a Victorian Community History Award under the Local History Project category. The awards are given by the Royal Victorian Historical Society and Public Record Office Victoria. This award “recognises activities that enhance access to records of significance to local communities. The project should increase access, awareness and participation in history on a local or community level, including digitising, indexing, cataloguing, resources and original research.”

The citation reads as follows: “Woiwod’s research makes this much more than a compilation. It is a resource kit providing detailed material presented chronologically about Indigenous  people at the Coranderrk Aboriginal station near Healesville, designed to serve communities in the Yarra Valley and Victoria generally through libraries. It represents a huge effort in collection, arrangement and interpretation and deserves to be widely used. It also presents new material about the well-known story of Coranderrk’s demise.”

Congratulations to Mick, and thanks for all his work – his knowledge of Wurundjeri history is invaluable.

A booklet listing the awards can be downloaded here (620KB).

All copies of the original and second print runs have now been distributed.

Double-CD sets, containing the complete text in Word & pdf formats,
are available @ $30 per set (plus $5 postage).

For further information please contact the Secretary.





The Wurundjeri Culture Resource Kit has recently been updated and is now available on CD-ROM.
(It's no longer available as a photocopied & bound hard copy because the CD format is far more useful,
such as for printing multiple copies of the class exercises.)

The kit is primarily targeted at children in the primary years,
and as the title implies it is particularly relevant to the Yarra Valley and surrounding areas – Wurundjeri country.

However, other regions would find much that is relevant, and would also see ways in which they would be able to particularise it to their areas.

You can download a preview of the first ten pages here (1MB pdf file).
The kit includes files to print a board game up to A2 size.

The price of the kit is $20 plus $5 postage.

Please contact the Secretary for further information.





The new Gawa Trail markers are now installed
enabling an enhanced self-guided tour

Find it here: 873 Eltham-Yarra Glen Road, Watsons Creek (Melway 272 D4)


Launch of the New Gawa Trail markers

Almost 100 people from across Nillumbik gathered to celebrate the installation of new Trail Markers along the Gawa Wurundjeri Resource Trail on Watsons Creek.

People of all ages heard Uncle Bill Nicholson give a Welcome to Country in which he spoke of the Wurundjeri heroes who led their people through the times of white settlement: Simon Wonga, William Barak and his sister Annie.

After a Smoking Ceremony in which everyone walked through the smoke to signify their respect for Wurundjeri lore and land, Mandy Nicholson led the Djirri Djirri Dancers with clap sticks and singing. These rituals are the current form of the ancient Tanderrum.

Then it was time for refreshments and walking the trail. The new markers are bordered with a painting by Wurundjeri artist Judy Nicholson and her Worimi partner Jamie McFayden.

The plaques, which are 80x40cm, give illustrated information about Wurundjeri life and their cultural past.


Click here for some pictures of the launch event.

You can see the new Gawa plaques here (large file: 3.6MB)



Nillumbik Reconciliation Group conducts school group tours of the trail
– the tours aim to give an understanding of Wurundjeri culture
through the use they made of the flora and fauna of the area.
Please contact the Secretary for further information.




The Gawa Wurundjeri Aboriginal Resource Trail is near Watsons Creek on the Eltham-Yarra Glen Road. It provides a self-guided tour, with markers explaining how the Wurundjeri clan of about 50 people lived near the creek, and used the land to obtain bush foods, medicines, implements, shelter and clothes - all created by their Dreamtime spirits.

The clearly marked 340m looped trail was launched by Wurundjeri elder Jim Wandin and the Nillumbik Reconciliation Group in partnership with the Nillumbik Shire Council on August 12, 2001.

"If the spirit that is evident in the people who were at the launch pervaded the rest of the country, there would be no need for reconciliation," Mr Wandin said.

Nillumbik Reconciliation Group president Mick Woiwod said the trail was made possible with a $20,000 grant from the Natural Heritage Trust and the labour of the Green Corp volunteers.

The resource trail would help the community's understanding of Aboriginal culture and would also be widely used as a teaching aid, Mr Woiwod said. "A lot of people wouldn't last very long out here, but the Wurundjeri people had quite a lot of food because they knew where to get it.

Mr Woiwod said the trail originated from a children's short story competition on Aboriginal life. To help write these stories, the children needed a deeper understanding of Wurundjeri life. "But now everyone can experience and enjoy what this walk has to offer," he said.

Members of the Nillumbik Reconciliation Group at the opening of the trail.
Photo: Lawrence Pinder, Diamond Valley Leader





The Moor-rul Viewing Platform was officially opened on 17th April, 2008 – in the presence of the Hon Jenny Macklin, MP – shortly after the launch of the Shire’s Reconciliation Charter.

The function of the platform is to provide shelter adjacent to the War Memorial Tower whilst allowing people to enjoy the stunning panoramic views.

From the platform you can see the Dandenongs, the city of Melbourne, the You Yangs, Mount Macedon, the Kinglake Ranges and the Mt Baw-Baw Ranges where the Yarra River starts. This landscape covers all the ancestral lands of the Wurundjeri and some of the wider Kulin nation land.

The platform has been given the name Moor-rul, a name which described the fertile soils of the Kangaroo Ground area in contrast to the poorer (Silurian) country of its surrounds, which the Wurundjeri knew as ‘Nillumbik’ or less-rich country.

The full 360 degree view can be seen from the adjacent Tower of Remembrance, which has 53 stairs. The viewing platform, however, can be accessed by wheelchair.

Inside the viewing platform, eight double-sided interpretive panels set out the Aboriginal and European history of the area, and also the geology and local flora and fauna, so that the casual visitor comes away understanding more about this significant part of Victoria.

More information:

The Moor-rul Grasslands Project

The Friends of Moor-rul Reconciliation Grasslands has been formed to care for the small section of land next to the new viewing platform at the Kangaroo Ground Tower. The group is supported by the Environmental Works Unit of Nillumbik Shire.

The grasslands are surrounded by a rabbit proof fence, and will be regenerated with plants indigenous to the area as part of this historic memorial. Originally it would been covered by grasses such as Weeping, Kangaroo and Wallaby grass species.

Some remnants of the original grass cover remain, and work has commenced on a major weeding program to rid the area of Capeweed, Plantain, Oxalis, Briza and other weeds. This will allow the plants already there to seed and hopefully germinate in the cleared areas. There has also been an experimental area of cool burn of some annual grasses before seeding to see if this process will be successful.

A plan has been drawn up by a local expert and areas will be planted at appropriate times. Plants are propagated as required in the Edendale Farm nursery.

Volunteers are welcome to join the group – please ring Jann Darvill on 9439 7342 for further information.


The Darrabi Garden

The Darrabi Native Food and Reconciliation Garden was opened in May 2007 as a joint initiative of Nillumbik Reconciliation Group, Hurstbridge Primary School and Nillumbik Shire Council.

Darrabi is a Wurundjeri word for “awaken”. The garden is designed as an educational resource for children and visitors, and its layout reflects the ‘six seasons’ of the Middle Yarra Timelines Calendar: Early Spring, True Spring, High Summer, Late Summer, Early Winter and Deep Winter. Five hundred children from Hurstbridge Primary School have helped place a native plant in Darrabi’s ‘six seasons’ garden.

The garden displays a wide range of native species used by Aborigines for food, medicine, implements, shelter and clothes. It also features a 20m circle of rock seats around a fire pit, and provides a unique gathering space which is available for outdoor education, Indigenous ceremonies or for other community groups to explore the rich cultural history of Indigenous Australia and the diversity and usefulness of our Australian native plants.

The garden is maintained by the Friends of Darrabi and is located on Council land in Ferguson’s Paddock, which is beside Hurstbridge Primary School and adjacent to the Diamond Creek. It is surrounded by bushwalking trails, playgrounds and open public space. (Melway 263:A7)

You can download a brochure about the garden here (240KB); for a species list or more information, please contact Susie Walker from the Friends of Darrabi on 9719 7170.

Dion on didg at the opening of the Darrabi Native Food and Reconciliation Garden




Thursday 17th of April saw the official launch of the Nillumbik Reconciliation Charter at the opening of the Moor-rul viewing platform in front of approximately 130 people, including Wurundjeri Elders, members of the Nillumbik Reconciliation Group and residents from Kangaroo Ground and beyond.

The Reconciliation Charter demonstrates the commitment to reconciliation between the Wurundjeri and Nillumbik Shire Council with an emphasis on relationship development, respect and recognition. Development of this Charter was undertaken in consultation with Wurundjeri Elders of the Wandoon Estate Aboriginal Corporation, the Wurundjeri Tribe Land Compensation Cultural Heritage Council Inc, and the Nillumbik Reconciliation Group.

The commitment to reconciliation has already been a ten year process for Council, beginning in November 1997. Early work towards reconciliation included the May 1998 Nillumbik Shire Council Apology and the Commitment to Aboriginal Reconciliation. This was presented to senior Wurundjeri Elders at Wingrove Park, Eltham; this early work led to a nomination for the Premier’s Award for Continuous Improvement in Local Government.

Ben Pollard
Nillumbik Shire Council

Click here to download a printable version of the Charter (229KB).



Nillumbik Shire's Reconciliation Policy

Nillumbik Shire Council

The Nillumbik Shire Council recognises that the Wurundjeri-willam clan of the Wurundjeri people and Kulin Nation were the occupiers and traditional owners of the land that now comprises Nillumbik Shire prior to European settlement.

The Council's "Statement of Recognition, Apology, Acknowledgment and Commitment" is now online.

Check it out




The Case Moth Project

Click here to open a document on this project (125KB).




The Dreaming

The Dreaming for Australian Indigenous people (sometimes referred to as the Dreamtime or Dreamtimes) is when the Ancestral Beings moved across the land and created life and significant geographic features.




Other informative web sites:

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

"Worldwide knowledge and understanding of Australian Indigenous cultures, past and present."

Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Rights

This booklet provides a description of the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and how those rights relate to the rights of all Australians. It provides detail on the National Strategy to Promote Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Rights, one of four National Strategies in the Roadmap for Reconciliation. It sets out ways to achieve the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to the benefit of all Australians.



'Wurundjeri Sorry Song'

Local musician and NRG member, Robbie Greig, has written and recorded his own composition titled 'Wurundjeri Sorry Song'.  You can download a sample (file size: 653kb) of the song or read the lyrics.  If you would like to order a copy of the CD from Robbie for $10.00, he will donate $5.00 back to the NRG.

Robbie also recently won 2nd prize in the 2000 Australian Songwriter's Association's Annual National Songwriters' Awards in the acoustic category for his song 'Al Saunders' Garage'.   The song is a tribute to the historic Saunders' Garage in Hurstbridge and is the centrepiece of Robbie's 1998 CD, 'Authentic'.

You can contact Robbie on (03) 9719 7393.


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