Local events and sites
Main events celebrated locally each year
Sorry Day: 26 May
Observed annually on 26 May, National Sorry Day remembers and acknowledges the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities, which we now know as ‘The Stolen Generations’. National Sorry Day is a day to acknowledge the strength of Stolen Generations Survivors and reflect on how we can all play a part in the healing process for our people and nation. While this date carries great significance for the Stolen Generations and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, it is also commemorated by Australians right around the country.
For more information, please visit the Reconciliation Australia website.
Reconciliation Week: 27 May to 3 June
National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to reflect on our shared histories and relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation.
For more information, please visit the Reconciliation Victoria website.
Aboriginal Children's Day: 4 August
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day is a time for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander families to celebrate the strengths and culture of their children.
For more information, please visit the Aboriginal Children's Day website.
NAIDOC Week: 4 - 11 July
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.
Local community celebrations during NAIDOC Week are encouraged and often organised by communities, government agencies, local councils, schools and workplaces.
For more information, please visit the NAIDOC website.
If you would like to go onto a mailing list for upcoming Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander activities please contact our Aboriginal Community Engagement Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9747 7200.
Local historical sites
Bullum Bullum Aboriginal Place
The Bullum Bullum Aboriginal Place in Burnside is highly valued by local traditional owners as a place of strong association with country. Artefacts at the site are remnants of thousands of years of camping, movement and activity. Bullum Bullum means "white butterfly" and represents freedom of expression.
Scarred Tree, Melton Golf Club
Scar trees are trees that have had bark removed to create everyday items such as canoes, shields and containers.
Toolern Creek environs sign, Hannah Watts Park
(on main creek pathway opposite playground)
In 1863 the area’s last known corroboree (a ceremonial dance gathering) took place here.