Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation (DJAARA) held a traditional garni (digging stick) ceremony on Friday 16th June to mark the start of construction of the Dja Dja Wurrung Corporate and Community Centre on Hattam Street, Golden Square.
Dja Dja Wurrung Group CEO Rodney Carter and DDWCAC Board Chair Trent Nelson were joined by Dja Dja Wurrung Elders, the Minister for Treaty and First Peoples Gabrielle Williams and Deputy Premier, Member for Bendigo East Jacinta to celebrate the milestone.
“This year, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of our Recognition and Settlement Agreement. Today is a critical moment in our Dja Dja Wurrung history – the beginning of construction on our new corporate home,” Mr Carter said.
“It will be a place for us to work together to create a future for Central Victorians that would make all of our Dja Dja Wurrung Ancestors proud.”
(left to right) Deputy Premier Jacinta Allan, Victorian Minister for Treaty and First Peoples Gabrielle Williams, DJAARA General Manager Cassandra Lewis, Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards and Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters hold traditional ‘digging sticks’ to mark the start of construction.
Dja Dja Wurrung Group CEO Rodney Carter speaks at the ceremony.
Ceremony to mark the commencement of construction for Dja Dja Wurrung Corporate and Community Centre in Hattam Street, Golden Square, Bendigo. Once completed, the centre will be home for the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation (trading as DJAARA) and its enterprises.
Deputy Premier Jacinta Allan speaks at the ceremony.
Kayla Baksh performs garni ceremony dance
garni ceremony dance
(left to right) Dja Dja Wurrung Group CEO Rodney Carter, DJAARA General Manager Cassandra Lewis (holding a traditional ‘digging stick’) and Chair of the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, Trent Nelson.
Postal PO BOX 1026 Bendigo VIC 3552 Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 4:30pm
Connect with us
Join our mailing list
As we look to the future, we do not turn our back on the past. We acknowledge the foundation logo of our organisation, in use for 17 years, synonymous with our Recognition and Settlement Agreement. Our original logo was created by Uncle Clive Atkinson in 2004. It represents Bunjil and Jupiter, two fundamental parts of the Dja Dja Wurrung Creation story.