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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/
We want to hear WHAT YOU ❤️ MOST about your new cafe! To enter, make sure you give Aintree Cafe & Garden a 'like' & tell us in 25 words or less what you love! Whether its the staff, the food or what they stand for....we want to hear it???? Winner will receive a $50 voucher to the amazing Aintree Cafe & Garden & will be drawn next Wednesday #socialenterprise #notforprofit #newlocal #free
This is your LAST CHANCE to secure tickets to this Saturday's Free to Feed event at Woodlea!! Not only is this a fun & social experience but it's also supporting such a fantastic cause - read below to see what your much appreciated funds go straight towards ✨secure your tickets here http://bit.ly/2keSeXq
If you have a 'Welcome to Woodlea' Go West Eatery voucher the NEW Aintree Cafe & Garden will happily accept them - but only for a limited time! Head down to your new local to enjoy ethical, organic, fair trade & environmentally sustainable food & drinks
Not many people in Woodlea can say they live down the road from a 16m tall viewing tower that overlooks the entire estate AND has views of the CBD!! If you buy into our current release you'd call this your local park (did we mention there'd also be a jumping pillow!!)... With land in our Closer Release from just $283,600, this pocket of the estate will be snapped up fast! Not only for its idyllic location but also connectivity to Woodlea's Town Centre as well as Caroline Springs. DM us now for all the details ???????????? #urbanliving #epicpark #lovewhereyoulive
SNEAK PEEK - The Aintree Cafe & Garden opens its doors tomorrow! Will you be ordering the decadent Belgian waffles with lemon curd & meringue.. Or perhaps the BIG breakfast with the works? Soak up the sunshine in the beautiful cafe garden, with an EPIC new menu featuring generous options for everyone (including a dedicated kids menu too)! Just #onesleeptogo
MASSIVE NEWS! There's a brand new bus service coming to Woodlea! Route 444 will run between the upgraded Rockbank station and throughout Aintree, giving our residents better transport options for every day life. Services will run every 40 minutes, seven days a week increasing to 30 minutes during peak time, set to start later this year. Click through to read on!
Last Sunday saw the opening of our local train station - Rockbank! There was much to celebrate as this marked the first transformation along the Ballarat line. More than 500 people came down to enjoy the occasion with the Woodlea cheer squad really getting the party started ???????????? #ballaratlineupgrade #celebration #CBDonyourdoorstep
Nothing makes you feel more at home than being surrounded by familiar faces & this is exactly how Aintree Cafe & Garden envisage their cafe. See it for yourself this Saturday as they open their doors for the very first time to welcome all of you - into their home ???????????? #extendedfamily #weloveaintree #communitycafe