Almost 90 school children from Nicholson and Swan Reach primary schools were treated to a day of environment, fun and culture at the Keeping Place in Bairnsdale last week.
According to Greening Australia Project Manager, Marty Potts, the day was part of a schools’ program aimed at connecting local school children to the Gippsland Lakes, their environment, history and culture of the area.
“The focus of the day was about culture and was part of the larger acknowledgement and commemoration of Reconciliation Week last week,” explained Marty.
“The theme of Reconciliation Week this year was ‘Don’t let history be a mystery’ and it was great to have the children be able to hear some of the history and culture of the Gippsland Lakes.”
The Keeping Place aims to raise the profile and awareness of the Gunaikurnai people’s history of the Gippsland area and to build a better understanding of Aboriginal culture, history and heritage. It provides a recognisable and centrally located complex and facilitates greater community awareness, understanding and pride in Aboriginal culture, arts and crafts.
“The kids had a fantastic time, and we’re extremely grateful to the staff at the Keeping Place for sharing stories, dancing and music – it gave the kids a really great hands on experience.”
This is one of three schools’ days this year as part of the Love our Lakes and Greening Australia projects.
This project is funded by the Victorian State Government for the health of the Gippsland Lakes.