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Take a cultural field trip during NAIDOC Week

Aunty Marilyne Nicholls conducting a previous cultural walk at Mt Tarrangower.

Learn about Indigenous culture in this unique field trip to Mt Tarrangower.

Monday 21 June 2021

Mount Alexander Shire Council’s Mondo Lounge invites young people to discover more about Indigenous culture by taking part in a field trip to Mt Tarrangower with Dja Dja Wurrung Elder, Aunty Marilyne Nicholls.

The excursion will be held on Wednesday 7 July from 9.15am to 3.30pm during NAIDOC Week. It will be delivered in partnership with Mirawara, a local outdoor education organisation that specialise in experiences such as rock climbing, Indigenous cultural events and bushwalking.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to learn more about the country they live on from a Dja Dja Wurrung Elder,” said Jodie Hearn, Youth Activities Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

Aunty Marilyne is a Dja Dja Wurrung Elder, with family connections to Saltwater People in South Australia and Freshwater Murray River People.

She will take participants on a cultural walk to Mt Tarrangower, where she will share information about the local landscape, and Dja Dja Wurrung culture.

“Aunty Marilyne has a wealth of knowledge, and we are so grateful that she is sharing her teachings and stories with us so we get an insight into Dja Dja Wurrung history,” said Ms Hearn.

Event details:
What: Mondo Lounge NAIDOC Week Excursion When: 9.15am to 3.30pm on Wednesday 7 July
Where: Meet the bus at Mondo Lounge, 30 Templeton Street, Castlemaine at 9.00am. The bus will return participants to Mondo Lounge at 3.30pm.
Cost: Free

For more information or to book your place contact Jodie Hearn, Youth Activities Officer at Mount Alexander Shire Council on 5471 1743 or email youth@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

The excursion is free of charge, including transport from Mondo Lounge. Places are limited so bookings are essential. The excursion will be delivered under CovidSafe conditions.

Mondo Lounge is a Mount Alexander Shire Council initiative, and is funded by the Victorian Government’s Engage! Program.

NAIDOC Week 2021 is being held from Sunday 4 July to Sunday 11 July, and is a national event to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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