NAIDOC Week honours the rich and diverse culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, the oldest continuous living culture on the planet. This year’s event is inspired by the theme “Voice, Treaty, Truth”. The Indigenous voice of this country is over 65,000 plus years old. They are the first words spoken on this continent. Languages that passed down lore, culture and knowledge for over millennia. They are precious to our nation.

It’s that Indigenous voice that includes know-how, practices, skills and innovations - found in a wide variety of contexts, such as agricultural, scientific, technical, ecological and medicinal fields, as well as biodiversity-related knowledge. They are words connecting us to country, an understanding of country and of a people who are the oldest continuing culture on the planet.

To celebrate NAIDOC Week the Taungurung Lands and Water Council have collaborated with the Y Water Discovery Centre in Yea to present an exciting program of exhibitions and workshops. The Taungurung are the Traditional Owners of a large part of central Victoria including the Yea region.

Workshops will feature Taungurung women, Angela ten Buuren (Franklin) and Cassie Leatham, who will impart their knowledge of indigenous plants and traditional uses.

Kids won’t miss out, with a school holiday art activity to be held on Wednesday 10 July with artist Cassie Leatham and a storytime session on Saturday 13 July with Taungurung Elder Uncle Larry Walsh.

The program includes:

Sunday 7 - Sunday 14 July, 9:00am to 5:00pm

Celebrating Taungurung Culture An exhibition curated by Taungurung woman Angela ten Buuren

Wednesday 10 July, 10:00am to 11:30am

School Holiday art activities with Taungurung artist Cassie Leatham

Wednesday 10 July, 7.30pm - 9.00pm

Medicinal and traditional uses of Aboriginal plants session with Cassie Leatham

Saturday 13 July, 10:00am and 2:00pm

Walk in the Wetlands and a Taste of Taungurung

Angela ten Buuren discusses traditional uses of indigenous plants

Saturday 13 July 12noon - 2.00pm

BBQ. Enjoy kangaroo burgers and kangaroo sausages

Saturday 13 July, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Story Time with Taungurung Elder Uncle Larry Walsh

Sunday 14 July - 11.00am

Taungurung Land & Waters Council CEO, Matthew Burns talks treaty. What does Treaty mean? What does Treaty look like?


Proudly supported by Taungurung Land & Waters Council, Murrindindi Shire Council, Y Water Discovery Centre, Yea Wetlands Committee of Management

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To celebrate the opening of the new indigenous garden, Badji Baanang, at the Y Water Discovery Centre we're hosting a Wumindjika (Welcome) Weekend on the 11 & 12 November. Join in with the fantastic range of activities presented by members of the Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation (TCAC). Learn the art of ochre painting and basket weaving, build a Yilam and create your own boomerang design.

The activities will be held in and around the Y Water Discovery Centre and in the Yea Wetlands.

A highlight of the weekend will be a traditional Ngarrga-nan (Corroboree) held in the Yea Wetlands on Saturday 11 November at 8pm. Entry to the corroboree is via the John Cummins Reserve off the Goulburn Valley Highway. Please BYO torches and chairs.

Download the full program here.


Wumindjika Weekend

Learn how to generate electricity using water, clean up polluted water after an oil spill, and discover what causes erosion and what we can do to rectify the problem. It’s all part of National Science Week celebrations at the Y Water Discovery Centre.

This family friendly event will be held on Saturday 12 August at 10:00am – 11:30am and 2:00pm – 3:30pm at the Y Water Discovery Centre, 2 Hood Street Yea.

National Science Week is Australia’s annual opportunity to meet scientists, discuss the hot topics, do science and celebrate its cultural and economic impact on society. 2017 marks its 20th birthday.

First held in 1997, National Science Week has become one of Australia’s largest festivals. Last year saw a staggering 1.3 million people participate in over 1,800 events and activities.

In 2017, National Science Week events will be held right throughout Australia - from insect Olympics in Darwin to ‘Blood’ at Melbourne’s new Science Gallery to TAStroFest astronomy in the Apple Isle - with everything from science festivals, music and comedy shows, expert panel discussions, interactive hands-on displays and online activities.

The festival is proudly supported by the Australian Government; partners CSIRO, the Australian Science Teachers Association and the ABC; and sponsors Cosmos, Discovery Science, NewScientist and Popular Science.

National Science Week 2017 will run from 12-20 August. Event details can be found at

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NAIDOC Week runs from the 2 – 9 July under the theme ‘Our Languages Matter’.
Indigenous language plays an essential role in cultural identity and cultural revival, also linking people to their land and water. It expresses knowledge about law, geography, history, caring for country, family and so much more.
The importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, the original languages of this nation, will be the focus of national celebrations marking NAIDOC Week 2017.
The Taungurung people were the first inhabitants of the Murrindindi area and locally within the Murrindindi Shire many place names are indigenous language words. The Taungurung word for Murrindindi is ‘Murrumdoorandi’ which means ’Place of mists, mountain’.
The Y Water Discovery Centre @ Yea Wetlands will be celebrating NAIDOC Week with a range of educational and fun activities for all ages.
Join Angela ten Buuren (Taungurung representative) on Sunday 2nd of July at 1pm for a ‘Walk in the Wetlands’. Angela will discuss the indigenous plants of the Yea Wetlands and their traditional uses. The walk will conclude with a ‘Taste of Taungurung’ afternoon tea at the Y Water Discovery Centre. There will also be a display of tools and baskets made from indigenous plants with their Taungurung names. For the kids there will be an Indigenous Wetlands Walk Trail Quiz and Sand Wizard Art on offer.
On Wednesday 5th July the Centre will host school holiday activities at 10am and 2pm. Join talented indigenous artist Cassie Leatham to create bush animals from natural materials found and collected in the Yea Wetlands.
Please book in advance for these activities.
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