The Meeting Place-
Is held once a fortnight during school terms for the aboriginal children within the Mount Alexander shire. Students are collected from their school and taken to The Meeting Place which is held at the old Yapeen School site, which is a campus of the Castlemaine Secondary College. Whilst there the students learn about the local Jaara Jaara knowledge and Aboriginal beliefs and complete activities that are culturally enriching, and have incorporated the cross curricular priorities within the Australian Curriculum.
the Koorie Bus service is designed to get students to school each morning. It also assists in getting some employed members to work. This service is supported by the Mount Alexander Shire Council (MASC) and runs Monday-Friday during school terms from 7.30am until 9am.
Aunty/ Uncle –
Koorie Family Homework Centre- This program runs on a weekly basis based out of the Ray Bradfield room in Victory Park. The homework centre is designed to work with schools on setting goals for each Koorie student and working towards helping each student reach those goals. Parents are encouraged to stay to work with children as a community initiative to help support each child with their educational and emotional needs.
this is designed to help support Koorie people gain employment and training. Mentors support training or employment applications as well as supporting employers to understand what is happening through the journey for the Koorie person.
Murnong Mammas –
is a Koorie catering service. A variety of delicious food, either completely traditional or indigenous ingredients combined in everyday cooking.
Indigenous Round Table –
4 times a year the Mayor and Uncle rick Co chair a round table the members of the Aboriginal community and local organisations meet, to support Nalderun, improve outcomes of Aboriginal people and the wider community.
Nalderun Upper Loddon Group –
This group works with a number of stakeholders within the Mount Alexander Shire, where Aboriginal people and ‘Other Australians’ work together to strategically support Nalderun and to help coordinate events such as Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week.
Nalderun Cross Curricular Team –
Supports and advocates Koorie culture within schools, writing of curriculum, presenting it and having resources for those who want to teach it themselves. The team meet once a term with schools in the Mount Alexander Shire to assist the integration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures into the schools.
Cultural Awareness Training –
For the wider community who would like to understand the Aboriginal people, Community, Country and how it works, why we are the way we are and connect people to country.
Men’s/ Women’s Business/ Indigenous Landcare group –
events that take Aboriginal and other Australian men and women into the bush to learn about Culture and Connection to Country.
Leanganook Indigenous Landcare Group –
Is a program which looks at trying to return areas of land to their original condition with natural flora and fauna established within the locations. In addition to this it also looks to work on culturally significant sights in the area.
Welcomes to Country and Acknowledgement to Country
As aboriginal teachers we can also support schools to support our kids and to help incorporate Indigenous Perspectives into the curriculum.
Funding for many of the above programs is through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy of the Commonwealth Government. Mt Alexander Shire council, Murray PHN and other grants and organisations.