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Celebrating NAIDOC Week at the Y Water Discovery Centre

The Taungurung Land and Waters Council (TLaWC) has partnered with the Y Water Discovery Centre @ Yea Wetlands to celebrate NAIDOC Week, presenting an exciting program of exhibitions, talks and workshops that will run from 4 – 11 of July.
The NAIDOC 2021 theme - Heal Country - calls for us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction. Healing Country means hearing indigenous calls to provide greater management, involvement, and empowerment by indigenous peoples over country.

Participate in a traditional smoking ceremony and Daanak (Coolamon) cutting, or learn the foundations of indigenous weaving with acclaimed artist and Taungurung woman Cassie Leatham. Take a guided tour of the Yea Wetlands and learn about the indigenous plants and their traditional uses.
The program will also feature an insightful presentation by members of the Taungurung Land and Waters Council who will discuss the work their Natural Resource Management and Cultural Heritage teams are undertaking to protect and improve their Country including Cultural Fire, Cultural Landscapes Management, bush regeneration, Healing Country, pest management, weed control, revegetation and water management.

There’s plenty on offer for the kids too including school holiday art activities with Taungurung women Angela ten Buuren and Aunty Bernadette Franklin and a fantastic puppet show, Spike the Echidna, incorporating shadow puppetry and lots of laughs.
The final session of the week will be presented by members of the First Peoples Assembly and will be a discussion on Treaty - what does Treaty mean, what does Treaty look like?

Click here to view the full program of events and book your tickets.


The Y Water Discovery Centre @ Yea Wetlands is an award winning environmentally-focused Visitor Information Centre adjacent to the regionally significant Yea Wetlands. The Centre attracts 30,000 visitors annually.   The Centre is inviting Expressions of Interest from suitably experienced, motivated persons or community groups to operate the Yea Wetlands Kiosk.

The Yea Wetlands Kiosk is an established, successfully operated business ideal for an operator who wishes to gain experience in the hospitality industry, or a local community organisation to earn funds to contribute to their future endeavours or charitable efforts.

Key features:

- Only 90 minutes from Melbourne, located adjacent to the busy junction of Melba and Goulburn Valley Highways

- No significant capital outlay required. Fully fitted out and all furniture and major equipment, supplied including coffee machine, ice cream and display cabinets, fridge and freezer.

- Well established kiosk facilities, with access to decking and garden amenities

- Kiosk to operate minimum 10am-4pm four days/week plus public holidays, 46 weeks a year

- One year agreement, with option to renew

- Utilities costs met by Centre

- Realistic license fee payment schedule and negotiable terms, including during start-up period

- Bring your own innovative food offerings

- Preference for locally sourced and environmentally sustainable food and beverage and packaging

- Opportunity to build business- catering for Wetlands and community events hosted at the Centre

- Operator required to have own ABN and relevant food handling license and insurance cover

Expressions of interest, setting out details of experience/credentials and proposed business model, are to be marked Yea Wetlands Kiosk – in confidence and submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For further information please call 5797 3394.



This week we celebrate NAIDOC Week 2020. This year's theme of Always Was, Always Will Be recognises the First Nations people who occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years. Angela ten Buuren, a proud Taungurung woman, and great grand daughter of John Franklin from the Yea area, has created this stunning diorama that celebrates the diversity of the flora and fauna in the Yea Wetlands. While COVID-19 restrictions have meant we have not been able to display this in the Centre we hope you enjoy this digital version. 


Angela's inspiration for this diorama comes from this year’s NAIDOC theme and her love of curating displays for different occasions.


"The Yea river has always been a part of my family and extended Franklin family’s memoires and visits to Yea. I have a few personal stories I can recall of my family’s experiences on the Yea river from when I was a little girl. To Taungurung people past and present the rivers are our lifeblood.


This diorama attempts to educate and draw attention to the diversity of the flora and fauna in the Yea wetlands. The Macquarie Perch is included in the diorama as it is an endangered species. All the flora and fauna of this region was utilised by our Taungurung ancestors who depended on it all for their survival.


The diorama also incorporates ceremonial aspects of the Taungurung people. The use of different coloured ochres in the display are those which can still be found on Taungurung country. The Taungurung people believe Bundjil, the wedged tail eagle, was the creator of the rivers and mountains. Bundjil is also important within our dreamtime stories.


The emu eggs are included, as John Franklin my great grandfather, in 1902 gave two emu eggs as a wedding gift to Aitken and Underwood. In our ceremonial dancing today, like our ancestors, we continue to use emu feathers for the making of the women’s feather skirts and other adornments.


The footprints represent our old people walking over their country, from the river flats to the tops of the mountains. I can still feel their presence whilst I am on country".


We thank Angela for sharing this beautiful work with us, and for her ongoing commitment to caring for the Yea Wetlands.


Click here to view.

We are pleased to announce that the Y Water Discovery Centre has now reopened. The Centre will be open 7 days a week from 10am to 4pm daily. The Yea Wetlands Kiosk will be open on weekends from 10am - 4pm.  


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WWD 2020

 Celebrate World Wetlands Day 2020 at the Y Water Discovery Centre and Yea Wetlands with two fantastic events!

Read here to find out what's happening.

Friday 15 November 2019, 6.30pm - 9.30pm Beaufort Manor, 111 High Street, Yea

Prof David Karoly, NESP Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub, CSIRO, will examine the science underpinning climate change, and how the observed climate globally, in Australia and in the region around Yea has changed over the last 100 years.

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"The recent Schools Strike 4 Climate and the UN Climate Action Summit in September clearly demonstrate the concerns held by many people about climate change and their future. Countries around the world have agreed to limit global warming to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels, by reducing human activities that have increased greenhouse gas emissions. I will describe two paths for the future: one in which all countries meet their commitments and global warming is limited. On the other path, countries continue with increasing greenhouse gas emissions, global warming continues and there are many adverse impacts on people, on ecosystems and on businesses around the world. Which path we follow into the future depends on choices that we and others make now, and the approaches that we use to adapt to climate change impacts now and in the future".

Prof David Karoly, NESP Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub, CSIRO

This event will include a 2-course dinner for $60pp with bar service available. Bookings can be made online at, or for further information call 5797 2663.

 The Y Water Discovery Centre @Yea Wetlands Speaker Series is funded by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.


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