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Regional Tour and Forum on Wadawurrung Country

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Each year, Reconciliation Victoria is excited to provide an opportunity to members of the movement to participate in a Regional Tour and Forum in different areas across Victoria. 

This year’s tour and forum will take place on Wadawurrung Country (Geelong/Surfcoast area) across the weekend of 17-18 August. Working closely with Wadawurrung Aboriginal Corporation and Geelong One Fire Reconciliation Group, Reconciliation Victoria has planned a busy schedule and places are strictly limited, so book soon to avoid disappointment. 

Schedule:

Friday 16 August, 2019 (optional)

Participants can arrive from late-afternoon and settle into camp for a night of socialising around the fire (or campfire).

Saturday 17 August, 2019 - Day One

The day begins early at 10am with a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony. From here, a Wadawurrung Traditional Owner will give a tour of culturally significant sites across the region, followed by a Local Reconciliation Group forum that night. The rest of the evening will be an opportunity for socialising around the fire (or campfire), with a BBQ (provided), mingling and yarning.

Sunday 18 August, 2019 - Day Two

The morning will consist of a presentation by Wadawurrung Elder Corrina Eccles about Treaty and language, before participants depart around midday. 

Costs:

The price includes the forum venue, tour, transport as required, administration costs, dinner on the Saturday and breakfast on the Sunday.

Tour and Forum with no accommodation: $120 ($90 concession)
Tour and Forum with one night accommodation: $150 ($115 concession)
Tour and Forum with two night accommodation: $180 ($135 concession)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community members attend and stay for free.

Accommodation

Reconciliation Victoria will provide accommodation at Ocean Country Park, 100 Duffields Road, Torquay. The camp includes basic shared rooms (heated) with single or bunk beds, and shared bathroom facilities. BYO bedding. Camping is also available for the adventurous. 

If you'd prefer to book your own accommodation, there are a number of alternatives nearby, e.g. Torquay Caravan Park, Freshwater Creek Cottages, numerous motels. 

Transport

If driving to the accommodation, there are plenty of spots to park and a map will be provided if you become lost from the convoy during Saturday's tour. 

If coming by train to Geelong on the Saturday morning, please let us know by email info@reconciliationvic.org.au ASAP and we'll attempt to organise a lift from the station to the camp or first stop on the tour. If sufficient demand we'll arrange a bus for the tour on Saturday.

Meals 

Reconciliation Victoria will provide a BBQ dinner for participants on Saturday night, as well as breakfast on the Sunday.

You will need to provide your own dinner if attending Friday night (kitchen facilities  & BBQ available) and bring a packed lunch for the Saturday. There will be an opportunity to buy lunch at Freshwater Creek on Saturday and on Sunday. 

Donations

After you buy your ticket, there will be an opportunity to provide a donation to Reconciliation Victoria. This donation will help cover the extra costs of the forum, and as well help sponsor the free places being offered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community members.

More information, including a full program will be available on our website in coming days

Please contact Reconciliation Victoria on (03) 9016 0657 or info@reconciliationvic.org.au if you have any questions.

Location

Ocean Country Park
100 Duffields Road, Torquay, Victoria

Contact Details

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