Gariwerd Wimmera Reconciliation Network posted a number of links to resources on our Facebook page during National Reconciliation Week, if you haven’t had a chance to check out the films, resources or podcasts they are a great resource. Some of the activities we had planned for National Reconciliation Week were unable to occur due to COVID 19, but are looking to run them later this year.  We would like to thank Reconciliation Victoria for the grant provided to support activities and for formally recognising GWRN as a reconciliation group.

We have received a grant from Horsham Rural City Council’s Community Grants program which will go towards the development of a website to be used as a platform to share content and develop our membership base. 

As a network, we have been in ongoing conversations with climbing group representatives and provided the authors of the draft Victorian Climbing Management Guidelines with feedback based on a reconciliation-led approach; as well as brokering a meeting between the VCC(Victorian Climbing Club) and  Barengi Gadjin Land Council.  

On the back of National Reconciliation Week with its theme of in this together we would like to encourage everyone to read the post shared on Climbing QT’s and our GWRN Facebook Page about Reconciliation and the Outdoors which raises some of the questions that individual climbers and climbing groups can consider that may help us get to a place where more respectful conversations may be possible and that help move us along a pathway to reconciliation.  

Dyuritte 1 Interim protection 

GWRN is pleased to hear of the Minister’s decision to put in place interim protections for Dyurrite 1 at Dyurrite/Mt Arapilies, reflecting the value and importance of this site to Traditional Owners – a first under the Victorian legislation. We look forward to working with Barengi Gadjin Land Council and community groups to realise this rare opportunity to listen, learn and protect this incredible reveal for current and future generations. We understand this interim protection will be in place until a longer-term management approach is determined with Traditional Owners.

Thanks for everyone’s support, we look forward to keeping in touch.