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Tuesday 21st May 2019

National Reconciliation Week

Ahead of National Reconciliation week on 27 May - 3 June, Woodlea would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the local indigenous people, the traditional custodians of the land.

National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

Commemorating two significant milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey, the week runs on the same dates each year from May 27 to June 3 to pay homage to the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision.

Woodlea Estate is enriched with Indigenous Australian history. For thousands of years the traditional owners enjoyed a thriving social, economic and cultural life along the Kororoit Creek corridor in Rockbank until the first European settlers arrived in the mid-19th Century.

Archaeological investigations indicated that large stone tool making ‘factories’ were on the edge of Kororoit Creek and the area used to make a wide range of tools. These tools include spear barbs, points, axe heads and seed grinding tools, which were used to grind Kangaroo Grass and other native grass seeds to make staple foods.

Since 2015, Woodlea has worked to preserve aboriginal culture and history on the site. The design of the estate has gone to great lengths to protect the most important Aboriginal heritage sites and areas of sensitivity by placing them in green spaces and reserves.

This year, the theme for Reconciliation Week is ‘Grounded in Truth’ and ‘Walk Together with Courage’.

Woodlea is committed to the ongoing education of history of the land with a range of initiatives in place to continue to share the knowledge of the culture.

The Woodlea community team plans to provide a grant to the Woodlea Early Learning Centre, Rockbank Primary and Rockbank Kindergarten to help educate students about the heritage and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

As said by Reconciliation Australia, reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

For more information and resources, please visit https://www.reconciliation.org.au/national-reconciliation-week/

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