VICTORIA Police and Goolum Goolum celebrated the launch of new family violence protocols designed to created a deeper partnership between police and the Koori community. It was held at the Angling Club and over 100 people attended the event. It was a successful launch with guest speakers SuperIntendent Paul Margetts, Chairperson of the Grampians RAJAC Mr Tony Lovett, Deputy Commissioner Andrew Crisp and Goolum Goolum’s own John Gorton. Art work was unveiled from the KOOKA’S homework club and Horsham police which symbolised Unity and Peace and will be displayed at the Horsham Police Station. Aunty Hazel McDonald also presented a painting on behalf of the Regions Indigenous Community.
A big congratulations to Bianca on winning the VicRoads Indigenous Secondary School Scholarship, we are all very proud of you!!
On Friday 24th of February 2017, ten men travelled to Nelson for a weekend of fishing and paintballing at the Burrungule Park Paintball and Laser Tag. They stayed at the Karnkendi Youth Camp where they played pool, watched DVD’s and caught up on plenty of sleep. On Saturday morning they headed to paintball which they all enjoyed. One of the men braved it and let the rest of the group use him as target practice to use the left over paintballs, safe to say he was happy with the colour his camouflaged overalls turned out. The fishing resulted in very few catches however the banter and laughter shared between the men made it all worthwhile. And a very big compliment to the chef on creating delicious meals. Overall the weekend was a success and Goolum look forward to creating many more memories for the men in our community.
We are all very proud of Deanne King for achieving 12 months smoke free. Well done Deanne for your commitment to your own health and the health of your family. You are an inspiration not only to all of your friends and colleagues at Goolum but you are also a role model and mentor to the community!!!!!
A big congratulations to Aunty Janet Taylor for being named Horsham Florist’s December Unsung Hero for her dedication and caring nature. Her daughter Brandi Delahunty nominated her for being the best mum and nanny in the world. Brandi said despite having five children of her own, Janet raised more than forty adopted or family members children. In Brandi’s words and I am sure many others “She doesn’t ask for much but deserves the world”
So on behalf of all the staff at Goolum Goolum we would like to say congratulations, the reward is very much deserved.
The Sheep Hill Silos have served as the canvas of four local Indigenous faces and a backdrop of a clear starry night. Aunty Regina Hood is one of the Elders to be immortalised in paint.
“I am absolutely over the moon” she stated. Uncle Ron Marks was equally overwhelmed. “It is a little bit humbling but inside it feels good” he said.
Goolum is so very proud of our Elders and youth and we encourage everyone to venture out to Sheep Hills Silos to see the towering portraits dedicated to Indigenous culture and knowledge.
Goolum Goolum held their Annual Community Christmas Party on Saturday December 3rd at the YMCA- Horsham Aquatic Centre and it was a huge success. Before Santa arrived at 11.30 we were lucky enough to have all the kids participate in some impromptu Christmas carols before Santa made his entrance showering the kids with lollies before handing out each gift. Everyone then enjoyed a chicken and salad lunch before heading to the pool for a cool off and some family fun. Thank you to all the community and staff who supported the event. We loved it so much we will use the venue again next year!!
On Saturday 3rd December 2016 the 5th Annual Wimmera River Challenge was held at the Rowing club in Dimboola. Approximately 70 participated in the event from kids right up to Elders of the community. Aunty Hazel did the welcome and officially opened the event, Guest speaker, local Super Intendant of Victoria Police Paul Margetts, Police Aboriginal Liaison Officer Les Power and Health & Wellbeing Manager Dean O’Loughlin, all spoke of the importance of the event. Rowing began at the Rowing Club in Dimboola and travelled to Picnic Bend and returned to the rowing club for a community lunch. Great fun was had by all and the weather was perfect.
GGAC would like to thank all the sponsors, and a special thanks to chef, Fabian Lauricella and Uncle Ron Marks for his cultural activities on Friday night. Anyone else that helped the event run smoothly, a very big thanks to you also. It was great to see so many community faces and some new faces also.
I’m sure everyone that attended would agree the shirts are fantastic and the food was amazing.
Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-operative were honoured at the Wimmera Business Awards by winning the Not for Profit Category which was sponsored by RES. We were up against some equally deserving organisations so it was an absolute privilege to win the award. We would especially like to thank Julie Flaherty for nominating us and writing the winning application.
Congratulations Goolum Goolum, what a great team and organisation we are!!
This year Goolum opened NAIDOC week by holding a concert at the Wesley Performing Arts Centre on Monday featuring the Rekindling Youth Dance Group and the Wotjobaluk Traditional Dancers showcasing their talents. There was a smoking ceremony performed by Farren Branson and a Welcome to Country by Aunty Hazel McDonald. In the foyer there were displays set up and a dvd of Art is….Tchingal playing for everyone to enjoy. The concert was attended by 50 people, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous and it was a wonderful opportunity for everybody to understand and learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture. On Tuesday the Elders and children gathered to make decorations for the Cabaret on the Saturday night and the Elders enjoyed a luncheon at the Victorian Hotel. The Cabaret was held in Dimboola this year and everyone who attended enjoyed the atmosphere and of course the delicious food made by Fab Lauricella.
Goolum Goolum hosted a luncheon on Thursday 17th of March to commemorate the 10th year anniversary of Close the Gap initiatives. Organisations from all over the State and many local community members attended at The Aunty Irene Gathering Place. The event also included the launch of the Spot the Difference anti-smoking campaign. Guest speakers included Julian Harvey-Regional Aboriginal Health Officer Department of Health and Human Services, Heather McDonald-Respiratory Nurse Educator Wimmera Health Care Group and Louis Lyons-Director for Public Health and Research VACCHO (Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation). Goolum Goolum representatives highlighted the importance of protecting our children from the dangers of cigarette smoke. All attendee were encouraged to Take the Pledge to not smoke in the home and around children.
Goolum Goolum were lucky enough to get State Government money to put on a ‘Youth Week’ event in April school holidays. Local kids from the area designed and built a huge ‘dragster’ trike that now sits in the Goolum Goolum office foyer. The ‘Deadly Trike ‘was personalised by all the attending kids with their own artwork covering the fully ‘ blinged’ machine. This project officially kicked off the building phase for the Right on Track program that will see local Indigenous kids build deadly bikes for themselves and also giving back to the community members in need. Goolum Goolum will also be showcasing this and other deadly bikes at upcoming events such as the NAIDOC week celebrations
The Men’s Health Day was a big success with the weather being extremely kind to us. The 15 men had a fantastic time fishing, eating and yarning. Andrew King was the guest speaker and the men all enjoyed listening to his stories. We look forward to having more men’s days in the future and we hope to see more and more attend. And a HUGE congratulations to Michael Marks for his Redfin!!!!!
In memory of all those who have entered the Dreamtime and in remembrance of Aunty Irene Harrison who the Community Hub was named after, Colin, Geoffrey and Kyle designed a garden with the help of the Elders. It was unveiled at the Community opening of The Aunty Irene Harrison Place and it is a special place where the community can sit and enjoy the surroundings. Well done boys it looks fantastic.
New year 2016, back to school! The Delkaia Aboriginal Best Start along side GGAC, BGLC, WPCP, WSMLLEN, WCMA and WHCG put on another successful ready for learning day through targeting learning difficulties/barriers such as sight, speech, podiatry, hearing, MCHN checks and health checks to better ready the kinder and primary school aged children for their big year ahead.
Goolum Goolum officially opened the Aunty Irene Gathering Place . We would like to thank the Honourable Linda Dessau, the Governor of Victoria, for opening the building. We hope Aunty Irene’s family are very proud that her name will live on and future generations will learn about her contributions to the community and how much she was respected by all.
On Saturday the 12th December 2015, the annual Wimmera River Challenge was held at HorseShoe Bend in Dimboola. Community from as far as Ballarat attended the event with more than 50 participants overall. Kayaking started from Horseshoe Bend and finished at the rowing club in Dimboola, more than 17km up the river. A great family event for all ages.
Goolum Goolum developed a community AFL9’s competition, held every Thursday evening throughout November 2015. AFL9’s is ‘touch footy’ with no tackling and is suitable for all to play. This initiative encouraged the whole community to participate. Goolum Goolum intends to hold another competition in the New Year, around March 2016. AFL 9’s was well promoted in the community as an indigenous lead smoke, alcohol and drug free event.