In partnership with Reconciliation Victoria and the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA), Bank Australia is supporting the third annual Community HART Awards.
Nominations are now open for the Awards, which recognise Victorian initiatives contributing to local reconciliation outcomes.
The Awards aim to showcase the efforts of local governments and community organisations across Victoria, including initiatives that demonstrate Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people working together, and initiatives that have contributed to relationships, respect and understanding.
Last year’s winners were the Shearwater Festival Working Group, for their annual festival on Phillip Island focused on creating a cultural connection with the Aboriginal community and Yarra City Council for Smith Street Dreaming project, a street festival to show that all members of the community can co-exist respectfully and peacefully by acknowledging Aboriginal culture.
Local government and community organisations that are members of the VLGA or Reconciliation Victoria can apply or nominate other organisations for the awards. This year, for the first time, Bank Australia customers can also apply or nominate community organisations for the awards.
Bank Australia’s support of the Community HART awards is part of the bank’s commitment to increase awareness about reconciliation and contribute to improved opportunities and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The bank’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) further outlines this commitment.
The Community HART Awards will be presented at an event in Melbourne on Friday 3 June 2016, which falls on Mabo Day during Reconciliation Week.
Winners will receive a one off piece of artwork by a local Aboriginal artist. The community organisation winner will also be awarded $1000 to support their reconciliation initiatives.
The short-listed and winning initiatives will be profiled in a booklet and promoted on the websites of Reconciliation Victoria and the VLGA, to provide inspiration for other organisations and communities.
Nominations close on Monday 4 April 2016 at 4pm.
For more details and to download the application pack, visit Reconciliation Victoria.