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Reconciliation stone unveiled

Reconciliation stone

A Reconciliation Stone has been unveiled outside the Civic Centre in Castlemaine, celebrating Indigenous culture and working together for reconciliation.

Tuesday 30 May 2017

A new public art work celebrating Indigenous culture, a shared history and vision for working together to achieve reconciliation was unveiled in Castlemaine today.

Local elder Uncle Rick Nelson unveiled the Reconciliation Stone, crafted by local artist Glenn Braybrook, at a public ceremony outside the Civic Centre.

“The Reconciliation Stone was commissioned to commemorate the culture of the traditional owners, the Dja Dja Wurrung, and the Indigenous people that are part of our community,” said Cr Sharon Telford, Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire.

“It aims to encourage Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities to continue to work together towards a stronger, healthier and shared future in Mount Alexander Shire.”

The concept for the Reconciliation Stone was informed by cultural heritage sites found in the shire, and has been a priority for local elders for a number of years.

Artist Glenn Braybrook involved the Indigenous community and children from The Meeting Place during development.

The sandstone structure features a sculpted surface with grinding bowls, a grinding stone and a spear sharpening groove.

“The reconciliation stone commemorates our local culture and all those willing to work towards reconciliation,” said Cr Telford.

“It also reflects Council’s commitment to support and promote the local Aboriginal community and a celebration of progress towards reconciliation so far.”

“We are proud to site the stone in the garden outside the entrance to the Civic Centre where all those who visit can see and reflect on it,” said Cr Telford.

“Congratulations to artist Glenn Braybrook for bringing the community’s vision to life.”

Glenn Braybrook is a local resident and heritage stone mason with decades of experience quarrying stone from within Mount Alexander Shire.

The local ANTAR group (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation) raised funds for the project, with in-kind support from Mount Alexander Shire Council.

Council hosted a civic reception for Reconciliation Week, featuring the Nalderun Awards, in the historic Market Building following the launch.

Image: The Reconciliation Stone, created by artist Glenn Braybrook.

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