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Vacancy: Receptionist/Management Support Officer

737 0 30 Jul 2020

YORTA YORTA NATION ABORIGINAL CORPORATION

RECEPTIONIST – MANAGEMENT SUPPORT OFFICER – BARMAH

CONTRACT TYPE: 12 Month Fixed Term initially

HOURS:  Full time (37.5 hours per week)

We will offer an attractive remuneration package, to be negotiated relevant to the skills and experience of the successful applicant, including:

•   Access to a vehicle whilst at work, superannuation and salary sacrifice options to increase your take-home pay

•   The support of a professional and competent team of administrative and managerial staff

The Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation (YYNAC) was established in 1998 to represent the descendants of the original Yorta Yorta peoples in making decisions and acting on any matters of significance to the Yorta Yorta peoples and to enter into agreements with any person, government agency or authority in relation to the protection of the Yorta Yorta Country. The Yorta Yorta traditional lands covers a unique stretch of forest-wetlands located in what is now known as the central Murray- Goulburn region in North-Central Victoria and Southern News South Wales approximately 20,000 square kilometres. The YYNAC has maintained its status as a Registered Aboriginal Party (RAP) under the Cultural Heritage Act since 2007.

YYNAC is a not-for-profit organisation working towards a better future for its people through numerous projects and partnerships with local, state, national and international organisations and governments. For more information please visit: www.yynac.com.au.

About the Role

The Receptionist/Management Support Officer role will include being a face for the organisation in Barmah from August 2020. Your role is responsible for maintaining a professional reception to the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation and for providing high-level secretarial and administrative support support for Corporate Officers and Management that ensure quality of service and professional relationships with stakeholders.

If you are proud of your Yorta Yorta heritage, have more than two years’ experience in a similar role and want to use your talents to support the development of our people and the preservation of our living culture, whilst being part of a supportive team – please contact us today.

The role is a full time (37.5 hrs. per week) on an initial fixed-term 12mth contract. Award wages will apply according to experience.

To obtain a position description please contact Laura at finance@yynac.com.au via email only, queries will not be responded to via social media or over the phone.

After viewing the PD you can submit your resume and cover letter by email if you wish to finance@yynac.com.au

Applications close 21/08/2020

This is an “Indigenous Only” role under Special Measures of the EEO Act 2010, Section 12.

The application form will include these questions:

  • Which of the following statements best describes your right to work in Australia?
  • Do you have experience in an administration role?
  • Which of the following Microsoft Office products are you experienced with?
  • Do you have a current Australian driver’s licence?
  • How many years’ experience do you have as an office administrator?

A MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO REGARDING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

1k 0 25 Mar 2020

Dear Yorta Yorta Members, Elders, community and Stakeholders.

On behalf of the YYNAC Board l would like to update you on Yorta Yorta Nations response to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The COVID-19 Pandemic Plan for the Victorian Health Sector stage of response has moved from Stage 1 – Initial Containment to Stage 2 – Targeted Action.

Our Senior Managers met on Monday 23rd March to take actions and prepare messaging to staff, members, customers and stakeholders.

Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation (YYNAC) will continue to operate and is financially viable with all existing staff at present retaining their positions. This situation will be updated at end of each financial quarter or as required should circumstances change.

As part of our response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are implementing additional precautions to ensure we as continue to deliver our Cultural Heritage and Environmental / Natural Resource Management (NRM) Services while also looking after the safety and wellbeing of our staff and especially our Elders.

In line with actions being taken by other Traditional Owner Organisation Boards our reception area will be closed to the general public from Tuesday 23 March 2020 until further notice.

We will continue to service our Elders, members, community, stakeholders and customers by telephone, email, Facebook and our website.

Our Customer Support Team are still able to assist customers by:

  • Phone: (03) 5832 0222 (all enquiries from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)
  • Email: reception@yynac.com.au
  • Website: www.yynac.com.au

We have staff working from 3 of our YYNAC office sites with social distancing or working from home as options of choice.The Woka Walla and Cultural Heritage Units will continue working externally from their deport on key works programmes in Yorta Yorta country.

Cultural Heritage Management Plans will proceed as normal, as assessed on a day by day in keeping with directives of the Victorian and National CODVID-19 updates.Our staff are focussing on the continued delivery of our Cultural Heritage and Environmental/NRM services and will respond to your enquiry as quickly as possible.

NOTE: All Welcome to Country bookings and YY Cultural Insight Training sessions or Events either booked or in the future will cease until further notice as of Tuesday 24th March 2020.

Please continue to submit invoices and contract progress claims, to your payments contact or to Laura Stevens – YYNAC Corporate Services Manager by email on finance@yynac.com.au

YYNAC staff are committed to continuing our work as set out by our Members, 16 family groups, Council of Elders and Board.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me on ceo@yynac.com.au or through reception email reception@yynac.com.au 

Regards,

Monica Morgan CEO
Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation

Monica Morgan, CEO YYNAC

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

1k 0 25 Mar 2020

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (EOI) ARE SOUGHT FROM YORTA YORTA MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation are seeking expressions of interest to fill positions on the Yorta Yorta Traditional Owner Land Management Board.

All YYTOLMB members are fully approved and endorsed by the Yorta Yorta Nation so that the endorsed applicants list can go to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change for appointment.

About the Yorta Yorta Traditional Owner Land Management Board (YYTOLMB)

The YYTOLMB was established in June 2013 under the Conservation Forests and Lands Act 1987 by a determination of the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. The board was established to give effect to the Yorta Yorta Traditional Owner Land Management Agreement dated 29 October 2010.

The board’s key function is to enable the knowledge and culture of the Yorta Yorta People to be recognised and incorporated into the management of Barmah National Park.

Board membership comprises a majority of Yorta Yorta People and a nominee of the Secretary of the Department of Environment, Water, Land & Planning and brings strategic skills, knowledge, experience, and connections to organisations, stakeholders and community. This aims to bring breadth and strength to the Joint Management of the Barmah National Park.

The Board consists of seven members and we are particularly interested in people who have the time to actively be involved in the activities of the YYTOLMB.

Successful candidates will bring to the role, proven business, budget preparation, governance and administration skills as well as excellent communication (written and oral), extensive network, community development and or commercial experience and relationship building skills as well as a demonstrated commitment to collaborative work practices and competence in analysing the critical issues of YYTOLMB.

Appointment will be up to a two-year term with and we strongly encourage women to apply for these positions. These are statutory body appointed positions by the Minister and so Directors are bound by good governance procedures as defined by the VPSA.

YYOTLMB positions are volunteer positions however you would be attractively remunerated for your time and travel expenses. Regular monthly meetings are scheduled as well sub- committee duties. There will be occasional workshops to be held within Barmah National Park.

These positions would suit someone who:
 Is a member of the Yorta Yorta Community with good knowledge of Yorta Yorta Culture and our Woka and Walla.
 Possesses Knowledge of Yorta Yorta history especially of the Barmah National Park, Barmah Lakes and our Dhungala.
 Demonstrated experience on high level Project Boards, especially around governance, strategic planning, finance and reporting.

It is strongly encouraged that Yorta Yorta People who have knowledge and experience in key areas needed on the YYTOLMB and commitment to attend monthly meetings.
 Knowledge of Park Management Planning and Implementation
 Financial management
 Sound Governance and Business
 Strong Cultural Knowledge of the Barmah National Park.

If you think you possess these qualities and skills the YYTOLMB encourages you to join the Board. Applications can be sent Attention: Monica Morgan, Chief Executive Officer, YYNAC, PO Box 1363, Shepparton, VIC, 3632. or email reception@yynac.com.au by the closing date of COB Friday, 20th March 2020.

Job Vacancy

992 0 10 Mar 2020

Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation

Seeking Expressions of Interest for a YYNAC Engagement & Coordination Manager Located at our Barmah Office.

Position is Full Time & at APS Level 6

12 months contract.

The Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation (YYNAC) are seeking a person will work under the Chief Executive Officer to provide a point of contact for the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Policy (DELWP) and key senior staff and will facilitate an effective and efficient engagement between the YYNAC and the Victorian Government:

i. To assist the YYNAC CEO in high-level planning and co-ordination between the Department and YYNAC.

ii. Manage the YYNAC staff working in On Country and Water programs as funded through DELWP. 

iii. Promote YYNAC process of Self Determination with DELWP and its agencies as agreed.

iv. Oversight the development and/or implementation of key strategies and projects for the YYNAC. 

v. To assist DELWP in meeting its obligations under any YYNAC Funding Agreement and any other arrangements with the YYNAC.

This role will require knowledge and experience in representing First Nation Organisations at a senior government level, we view as important the person having an understanding of Yorta Yorta Nation and our decision making processes and also ideally have working experience of government policy and decision-making processes.

YYNAC is a not-for-profit organisation led by Yorta Yorta People, facilitating numerous projects and partnerships with local, state, national and international organisations and governments. For more information please visit: www.yynac.com.au.

This is an equal opportunity position, in which we strongly encourage a Yorta Yorta Person/s to apply, you must have experience in a similar role and be willing to work for the Yorta Yorta Nation and our People within a supportive work environment.

Salary is negotiated according to experience and qualifications on an initial fixed term for a 12 months contract. To express your interest please email finance@yynac.com.au, queries will not be responded to via social media or over the phone.

Expressions of Interest are sought urgently

YYNAC Annual Report 2018/2019

838 0 21 Feb 2020
YYNAC 2018 / 2019 Annual Report

YYNAC Annual Report 2018 / 2019 has been uploaded to the Documents section of the Forum.

Please click the link below to read the Annual Report.

https://yynac.com.au/yynac-2018-2019-annual-report

Greater Shepparton: Aboriginal Street Art Project

1k 0 05 Feb 2020

In 2016, Greater Shepparton City Council came up with an idea to celebrate the local Aboriginal people and their culture through street art. Street art has become quite prevalent in Northern Victoria and if Greater Shepparton was to commence a street art project, it would be pertinent that the project links back to Greater Shepparton in some way.

SOURCE: http://greatershepparton.com.au/council/major-projects/aboriginal-street-art-project

The Aboriginal history and culture is rich within the Greater Shepparton region and what a perfect theme for a street art project!

Council, in discussion with the local Aboriginal community, noticed an interest amongst the locals in recognising significant figures who are not currently recognised within the region. Instead of the community putting their own hands up to potentially be featured within artwork, they felt it was much more pertinent to recognise their ancestors and significant elders that they look up to. The two names that popped up the most were Uncle William Cooper and Pastor Sir Douglas Nicholls.

Consultation began with Rumbalara Cooperative, Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation, the local Aboriginal community and the families of both Uncle William Cooper and Sir Douglas Nicholls.

Both individuals were approved to be featured within a mural through both the Yorta Yorta Aboriginal Corporation Elders Committee and the Rumbalara Cooperative Elders Committee.

Research commenced regarding most suitable artists who have a proven record in painting large sized portraits of people. Given this project is going to feature portraits, it is incredibly important that the likeness is matched to a tee!

Goulburn Valley Water offered Council their wall on Fryers Street to showcase the first mural and have also offered Council the opportunity to showcase the second mural on the adjacent wall.

Council has committed to recognising two Aboriginal females that will be selected by the local community and both females will be announced later in the year.

(L-R) Merle Miller (Rumbalara Co-op, Elders Committee Member), Adnate (Project artist) Robert Nicholls (Nephew of Sir Douglas Nicholls), Aunty Pam Pedersen (Eldest Daughter of Sir Douglas Nicholls), Cr Kim O'Keeffe (Deputy Mayor, Greater Shepparton City Council) at today's Aboriginal wall art project in Shepparton.
(L-R) Merle Miller (Rumbalara Co-op, Elders Committee Member), Adnate (Project artist) Robert Nicholls (Nephew of Sir Douglas Nicholls), Aunty Pam Pedersen (Eldest Daughter of Sir Douglas Nicholls), Cr Kim O’Keeffe (Deputy Mayor, Greater Shepparton City Council) at today’s Aboriginal wall art project in Shepparton.

Aunty Elizabeth Morgan-Hoffman

1k 0 05 Feb 2020

Elizabeth Maud Morgan-Hoffmann

A determined achiever who prioritised the welfare of women and children.

SOURCE: https://www.aboriginalvictoria.vic.gov.au/elizabeth-maud-morgan-hoffmann

Inducted: 2017

Yorta Yorta Elder, Elizabeth Morgan, dedicated herself to improving the lives of her people. Known as Aunty Liz or Yarmauk to her grandchildren, Elizabeth was born in 1927 at Cummeragunja Aboriginal Station, along the Murray River in New South Wales. She was the second child of Michael Stafford Morgan and Maud Miriam Morgan (nee Ross). As a young girl, she loved camping in summer next to the Moira Lakes with Granny Lizzy Atkinson and siblings Rebecca, Merle, Michael, Dennis, Desmond and Lester.

When Elizabeth was just 11 years old her mother sadly passed away, not long after she was removed from her family home. Elizabeth was sent to live at the station hospital, where she worked as a domestic, bound by the threat that if she did not comply she would be sent to the Cootamundra Girls’ Home. In 1939 Elizabeth witnessed the ‘Cummeragunja walk off’, a significant and historic protest by her people against cruel and restrictive practices at the mission. The experiences of her early life had a far-reaching effect, shaping her passion and determination to fight for Aboriginal peoples’ rights.

At age 14, Elizabeth was still living under the restrictive conditions of the Aboriginal Protection Act which required her to leave the reserve and work as a domestic. She went to work with her Aunty Bertha Firebrace (nee Morgan) at a Station near Moulamein and from there joined her sister Merle in Swan Hill. The sisters moved to Melbourne with their cousin Melva Johnson (nee Day) where they found work while living at the Salvation Army hostel in Spring Street. It was at this time, in the mid 1940s and early 1950s, they were inspired and influenced by Aboriginal leaders such as Uncle William Cooper, Aunty Marg Tucker, Uncle Doug and Aunty Gladys Nicholls.

In 1954 Elizabeth held her first child, Ross Morgan. As a single mother it was difficult but she had the help and support of her sister Merle and her extended family. In 1956 Elizabeth met her partner and they had three children Monica, Bernard and Denis. They then moved to Moama in New

South Wales to be close to Elizabeth’s family and country. Unfortunately the marriage was not a happy one and, after living under the shadow of domestic violence for many years, Elizabeth took her children back to Melbourne to start a new life.

Working for better conditions for Aboriginal people

In 1971 Elizabeth started work with the Aborigines Advancement League (AAL), taking the role of Matron of the Lady Gladys Nicholls Hostel. It was during this time she became involved in the Aboriginal cause joining the National Council of Aboriginal and Islander Women and supporting the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in the fight for land rights and better conditions for Aboriginal people in Australia. In 1972 Elizabeth co-founded the Yorta Yorta Tribal Council with others, such as Margaret Wirrpanda (nee Briggs), placing a claim over their traditional lands.

In 1972 Elizabeth supported her sister Merle in her work to establish the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service in Fitzroy and became the inaugural chairperson. In the same year the sisters worked with other Aboriginal people to establish the Aboriginal Health Service.

By 1973 Elizabeth was elected chairperson of the AAL, then from 1975 to 1983, was its salaried director. While at the AAL, Elizabeth and Stewart Murray co-founded the Victorian Aboriginal Land Council. In the early 1980s Elizabeth oversaw the AAL building appeal which resulted in relocation from Westgarth to their new premises in Thornbury.

Co-founding the Aboriginal Housing Cooperative

In other initiatives, Elizabeth and Eric (Joe) McGuinness co-founded the Aboriginal Housing Cooperative in 1974, with Elizabeth as chairperson and Eric a director. In later years she was a member of the Steering Committee of the Victorian Aboriginal Housing Board. In 1975 after establishing the first Aboriginal women’s refuge in Australia, Elizabeth travelled with her sister Merle and Joyce Johnson, to Canberra to lobby for funding for their refuge. In 1982 Elizabeth Hoffmann House (named in her honour) became incorporated. Today it has new premises with wrap around support programs and is known as Elizabeth Morgan House Aboriginal Women’s Services Cooperative Ltd.

Improving the welfare of Aboriginal women and children

Elizabeth continued her work to improve the welfare of Aboriginal women and children. In 1977, in support of founder Molly Dyer, she became the inaugural chairperson of the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA). She also worked with the National Council of Aboriginal and Islander Women and the Women’s Council at Echuca and from the late 1970s until 1985 was a commissioner with the Aboriginal Development Commission.

Elizabeth did not restrict herself to administrative roles: from 1972 to 1975 she was both an actor and board member of the Nindethana Theatre Company, working alongside Joyce Johnson, Eleanor Harding, Harry Williams and Jack Charles. Elizabeth appeared in plays such as The Cherry Pickers and Brumby Innes.

In 1983 Elizabeth returned to her beloved Cummeragunja and became a founding member of the Cummeragunja Housing and Development Corporation and, in 1984, the Yorta Yorta Local Aboriginal Land Council. Elizabeth was the first elected representative to the NSW State Land Council (from 1984-86). She helped established the Yorta Yorta Murray Goulburn Rivers Clans Group (1993-98) becoming the inaugural chairperson and, in 1998, became an Elder of the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation.

While the Yorta Yorta Native Title claim was unsuccessful, Elizabeth was a proud signatory to the historic Co-Management Agreement between the Victorian State Government and the Yorta Yorta Nation in May 2004.

Today the Yorta Yorta people are continuing negotiations for self-determination and justice over their traditional lands, water and culture. Elizabeth was one of the 250 women included in the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll in 2001 and in 2006 received the inaugural NAIDOC Lifetime Achievement Award. Yarmauk has left a powerful legacy for her children, grandchildren and great grand-children, and her proud extended family. In 2009 she passed into the dreamtime at home at Cummeragunja with her beloved sister Merle by her side.

Aunty Geraldine Briggs AO

948 0 05 Feb 2020

Geraldine Briggs AO

A tireless campaigner for human rights

SOURCE: https://www.aboriginalvictoria.vic.gov.au/geraldine-briggs-ao

Inducted:2011

Geraldine Briggs rose from tenacious activist to dignified Yorta Yorta Elder. She was an inspirational leader and remains an enduring role model, particularly for women across Victoria.

Geraldine was born in 1910, on the Warangesda Aboriginal Mission in New South Wales, and grew up on the Moonacullah Aboriginal Reserve near Deniliquin. She was the great granddaughter of Barkabillie, a leader of the Dhulanyagan Clan of Ulupna.

As a child, she often visited her grandfather at the Cummeragunja Mission, on the banks of the Murray River, before moving there herself after she married. By this time conditions at Cummeragunja — once a thriving, self-sufficient settlement — were beginning to deteriorate as the New South Wales Aborigines Protection Board took greater control.

Several painful episodes provided the catalyst for her future activism. Geraldine would never forget the removal of her sisters, Margaret, May and Evelyn, who were taken away to the Cootamundra Girls Home when she was a child. As a young mother, her grief at losing a son to illness was further compounded by the refusal of the mission manager to take the family to Echuca to seek medical help. Similarly, Geraldine often spoke of a time when three children at Cummeragunja died in a single day.

Geraldine’s family was involved in the famous Cummeragunja ‘walk-off’ in 1939. The spontaneous protest took the form of a mass desertion by some 200 residents. As Geraldine put it, “”we were tired of being bossed about and told what to do like children.”” Her family initially moved to the Flats, on the banks of the Goulburn River in Mooroopna, before taking up residence in the town itself. Later they settled in Shepparton. In the 1980s, one of Geraldine’s daughters, Hyllus Maris, made a four-part television series called Women of the Sun that detailed the walk-off.

Geraldine and her husband Selwyn, who ran his own wood contracting business, supported the establishment of the Australian Aborigines League by William Cooper, and worked with Selwyn’s cousin, Pastor Doug Nicholls, in the early days of the Aborigines Advancement League (AAL). At one point the couple ran a regional branch of the League out of Shepparton. Shortly after, in 1958, the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (FCAATSI) was established. Its creation reinvigorated the civil rights movement and Geraldine was at the forefront of much of its work. She never missed a national conference and encouraged her daughters’ involvement as well.

Geraldine poured her energies into campaigning for equal rights, particularly concerning citizenship. When FCAATSI campaigned for a ‘yes’ vote in the 1967 referendum to amend the Australian Constitution and include Aboriginal people in the national census, she rallied support and distributed how-to-vote cards. She went on to become the Victorian State Secretary of FCAATSI in 1970.

Geraldine believed women could play an integral role in improving outcomes for their communities, particularly where health and housing were concerned. In this spirit, she was a founding member of the United Council of Aboriginal Women. In 1968, she travelled with 120 women to Canberra in support of the tent embassy outside Parliament House.

In 1970, Geraldine helped establish a Victorian Aboriginal and Islander Women’s Council with other prominent women of the time, including her sister Margaret Tucker. This in turn inspired a National Aboriginal and Islander Women’s Council to be formed in 1972. Geraldine was the first president. The Council lobbied government on issues such as cultural preservation, land ownership and the employment of Aboriginal welfare workers.

Where services for the community were lacking, the women established organisations to fill the void. Their efforts led to the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service and the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service being set up. Whether establishing temporary accommodation for those forced to travel from their home countries, or raising much needed funds for welfare projects, or visiting prisoners, Geraldine involved herself wherever she could be of use.

Her standing in the community was further recognised with a position on the advisory committee of the Victorian Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. In 1991, she received the Order of Australia. Today, her name adorns a new student residence at Monash University’s Clayton campus and an Aboriginal hostel in Shepparton. She was inducted to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2001.

Affectionately known as Aunty Gerry, she was never happier than when in the company of family – hers extended far and wide, and took in many unrelated by blood. Her own children have become prominent Victorians in their own right, working across a variety of fields, with a shared admiration for their mother’s work and the positive influence she was in their lives.

Geraldine passed away in 2005. With her pragmatic approach to all she did, her accomplishments delivered real results and benefits to the lives of those she campaigned so tirelessly for. Always strong willed, Geraldine possessed pride, compassion and respect, and inspired these things in everyone who crossed her path, be it in Victoria or beyond.

News Update: Murals at DHHS as part of the Aboriginal Street Art project

756 0 05 Feb 2020

SOURCE: http://greatershepparton.com.au/whats-happening/news/news-article/!/456/post/murals-at-dhhs-as-part-of-the-aboriginal-street-art-project

Stage 3 of Greater Shepparton City Council’s Aboriginal Street Art project will see it join with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation (YYNAC) to deliver a new mural on the DHHS wall fronting Welsford St. The mural which will feature on Welsford Street overlooks the Goulburn River and river gums.

DHHS approached Council with the intention of recognising the local Aboriginal community through the Aboriginal Street Art project by having a mural painted on its wall.

Council consulted YYNAC, with its board of Elders determining they would like to recognise two significant female Elders in the late Aunty Geraldine Briggs and the late Aunty Elizabeth Morgan.

Both ladies are highly regarded Yorta Yorta Elders and were heavily involved in the advocating of rights and support for Aboriginal people.

The mural on the DHHS wall will be painted by returning artist Matt Adnate, who has also painted the murals on the Goulburn Valley Water wall. Mr Adnate is regarded highly amongst the local Aboriginal community due to his previous work and dealings with locals.

Council Mayor, Cr Seema Abdullah, said she was excited that the next mural of the Aboriginal Street Art Project would recognise two significant female Aboriginal leaders.

“These two ladies did so much for their community and deserve recognition right throughout our region. I would also like to thank DHHS for partnering with Council on this project, it is sure to be a beautiful piece of art,” Cr Abdullah said. 

Kym Peake, Secretary of the Department Health and Human Services said, “The Greater Shepparton community has a rich history of extraordinary Aboriginal leaders. Geraldine Briggs and Elizabeth Morgan were tireless activists for the rights of Aboriginal people.  The Department of Health and Human Services shares the commitment to local self-determination to improve outcomes for the people of the Yorta Yorta nation.  It is an honour to commemorate these amazing women and to work with their communities”

Chief executive of YYNAC and daughter of Elizabeth Morgan, Monica Morgan, said she was proud of her mother and felt that it was special tribute to a dedicated Cummeragunja woman who did so much for her people. 

“I know mum would be humbled by being recognised within her country of Greater Shepparton for her achievements and contribution to the Yorta Yorta people, and her tireless efforts advocating for her people,” Ms Morgan said.

Aunty Frances Mathyssen, eldest child of Geraldine Briggs, said her mother was a special and strong lady and contributed great things to Shepparton and Australia.

“I am proud that mum will feature in a mural, and that she will be recognised in her home town,” said Aunty Frances.

The project has been part-funded by the Victorian Government. For more information on the Aboriginal Street Art project, click here.

More information regarding Aunty Geraldine Briggs

Aunty Geraldine Briggs is a highly respected Aboriginal Elder amongst local, state and national Indigenous communities. She put all of her energies into supporting and raising her eight children and extended family members, whilst campaigning for equal rights, particularly concerning citizenship.

She was a founding member and past president of the National Council of Aboriginal and Islander Women. Geraldine was the state secretary and a member of the Federal Council of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders who campaigned for the 1967 constitutional referendum relating to Aborigines and the vote. Geraldine was buoyed up by the hope of a better future for Aboriginal Australians when more than 90 per cent voted in favour of the 1967 constitutional amendments. Aunty Geraldine received the Order of Australia and was placed on the inaugural Victorian Women’s Honour Roll in the year of the Federation. Geraldine is listed on the inaugural Victorian Aboriginal honour roll due to her achievements and at 82 years of age she won the Aboriginal of the Year Award.

For more information regarding Geraldine Briggs – click here.

More information regarding Aunty Elizabeth Morgan 

Aunty Elizabeth Morgan was born at Cummeragunja and witnessed the walk off at a young age.  Elizabeth worked tirelessly in improving the lives of her Aboriginal People especially women and children. During her time as Director of the Aborigines Advancement League she co-founded the Aboriginal Housing Cooperative in 1974, the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency and many other vital services such as Australia’s first Aboriginal refuge which would later be named in her honour as Elizabeth Morgan House.  In her later years she fought for the recognition of the Yorta Yorta Nation of which her legacy stands today.

Elizabeth had many achievements and received an inaugural NAIDOC Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 after being inducted into the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll in 2001. In 2017 she was inducted into the Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll.

For more information regarding Elizabeth Morgan – click here.

Cultural Burning: The Project – Interview with Uncle Colin Walker

807 0 21 Jan 2020

“Aboriginal people, we’re not really recognised in things like this – we want to be a part of that – be involved together, which we haven’t been.” Colin Walker – Yorta Yorta elder.

There’s renewed interest in indigenous fire prevention strategies, but how are they different?