Opening at the back of Lentil’s Thornbury restaurant in the coming weeks, The Inconvenience Store will be the state’s first-ever pay-as-you-feel supermarket. The shelves here will be stocked with goods rescued as part of the group’s Food Without Borders initiative, which collects quality food from shops and markets which is otherwise destined for landfill. With a Foodprint Project report estimating that Melburnians alone turf more than 900,000 tonnes of edible food each year, this promises to be a great way for locals to do their bit in the war against food waste.
As a way to engage my grumpy neighbour, I planted tomatoes on our property line and called them “community tomatoes”. He loved it and we shared the plant. This year, he planted 3 plants on the property line and the community garden grows. He seems less grumpy this year.
Transition Yarra is looking for ideas and content for building and supporting our local economy.
Please make contact if you’d like your small business to be included. There are so many incredibly industrious people out there doing amazing things.
To read the full Uluru Statement From the Heart click the link below.
To add your voice and sign the Uluru Statement please click here.
Reconciliation Australia have announced the theme for 2018: “Don’t keep history a mystery – Learn. Share. Grow.”
NRW 2018 is a key activity in the Reconciliation Movement’s strategy to support Australians in making progress in the reconciliation dimension Historical Acceptance. This dimension addresses whether all Australians acknowledge the injustices and actions of the past and their impacts (both historical and contemporary) and are making amends for past wrongs.
This year, NRW invites Australians to Learn, Share, Grow – by exploring their past, learning more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and cultures and developing a deeper understanding of our national story.
What is National Reconciliation Week?
National Reconciliation Week is an annual celebration and is a time for all Australians to reflect on our shared histories, and on the contributions and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. The week is framed by two key events in Australia’s history that provide strong symbols of the aspirations for reconciliation.
NRW runs from Saturday 27 May – Saturday 3 June, bookended by two significant milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey: the 1967 Referendum and the historic Mabo decision. 2017 marks 50 years since the ‘67 referendum, and 25 years since the Mabo decision. This year’s theme – ‘Let’s Take the Next Steps’ – reminds us that all big changes take persistence and courage.
May 27 marks the anniversary of Australia’s most successful referendum and a defining event in our nation’s history. The 1967 Referendum saw over 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and recognise them in the national census.
June 3 is Mabo Day – On this day in 1992, the High Court of Australia delivered its landmark Mabo decision which overturned the notion of ‘terra nullius’ and legally recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ connection to their country, a connection that existed prior to colonisation and continues today. This recognition paved the way for the Native Title system.
What can you do?
Plan events that celebrate and build on respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians and that show how non-Aboriginal Australians can be active supporters of reconciliation. Some examples of events or activities you could plan for your community include:
- Public forums on Reconciliation (e.g. at the Town Hall or local library).
- Aboriginal heritage walks and cultural tours;
- Film screenings, festivals, concerts, poetry or book readings;
- Exhibitions, talks or performances by local Aboriginal artists, musicians, craftspeople or businesses;
- Supporting the permanent display of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags or banners where they haven’t been before;
- Reconciliation Breakfasts or festivals featuring indigenous cuisine;
- Dreamtime story-telling and displays in local schools, libraries, council offices or public spaces.
Reconciliation Week posters and online resources are now available via Reconciliation Australia’s website: www.reconciliation.org.au
For more information about Reconciliation Victoria please visit
Reconciliation Victoria’s Position Statement on Treaty and Constitutional Recognition:
Reconciliation Victoria supports the calls of the Aboriginal community in Victoria for the long-overdue negotiation of a Treaty, and commends the Victorian Government for its commitment to enter into these discussions. We are excited by these developments.
A Treaty – an agreement between governments and Aboriginal people – will address the nature of Australia’s settlement and colonial history and the ongoing impacts these have had on Aboriginal people, and provide Aboriginal people self determination over their own lives and futures, as shown by evidence to be the key to creating wellbeing. We believe a Treaty has the potential to create the foundation for a brighter collective future in which all of us can share: a more courageous future that embraces and learns from the cultures of our First Peoples, that acknowledges our often painful shared history and connects all of us to the fifty thousand or more years of human history of this country.
We also believe that the Australian Constitution needs to be changed, as it currently includes racist clauses and at the same time omits Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australia’s First Peoples. Our support for constitutional reform is conditional on the proposal of a model that is supported by the majority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have legitimate concerns and understandable skepticism about the constitutional reform agenda. These concerns must be better understood in the community conversation about constitutional change, so that they can be acknowledged and addressed in the development of a model for change.
The concerns stem from the legacy of brutal dispossession, illegal settlement, forced assimilation, failed policies and continuing injustices that still result in ongoing suffering and disadvantage among many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. To date there has been limited opportunity for Aboriginal people across Victoria to discuss and share their perspectives to inform the proposal for change. We believe that the Referendum Council’s Indigenous Conventions and further community meetings convened by the Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Minister later this year must provide a genuine opportunity for input. The recently appointed Co-Chair of the Referendum Council Pat Anderson has recently stated that nothing would be precluded from consideration as to what form constitutional recognition would take, or indeed if it should progress at all.
It is our understanding that both state-based Treaty discussions and the national constitutional reform agenda can be progressed alongside each other. Both will represent significant milestones in our country’s history, but they must be informed by the diverse voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples if they are to be achieved.
In a bid to tackle the problem of youth unemployment, the Federal Government through the Department of Employment devised the “Empowering YOUth Initiatives” scheme whereby service providers could propose innovative schemes to assist 15-24 year olds to become more employable or ultimately employed. iEmpower Youth Inc, a local not-for-profit, tendered successfully for this program and has now commenced preliminary work on the project, called “Scrubs”.
iEmpower has been working with young disadvantaged people for over 10 years and identified that young people from diverse backgrounds such as migrants and refugees were far more disadvantaged in the job market than the general population for a variety of reasons, the main point being that they are 2.5 times more likely to be unemployed. We also identified that people from these backgrounds are far more likely to start their own businesses and are far more likely to succeed than the general population. Finally, we looked at areas of skills or general labour shortage, one of them being cleaning and maintenance, and Scrubs was born.
The Scrubs project will engage young disadvantaged people of diverse backgrounds from the western, inner western and inner Melbourne catchment areas and train them in cleaning, graffiti removal, maintenance and eventually a variety of other property services. When trained and qualified, they will then become a member of a cooperative, effectively becoming owners of the business that they work in along with an equal democratic vote about how that company operates. They are also provided with mentors and career counselling to ensure that their future is bright.
iEmpower CEO, Abeselom Nega, a well known community leader, said that “the Scrubs project is a very daring venture but it will not only help up to 200 young people into work over the next 2 years, we think our template will set an example for many others in the future. We are very excited with the program and have now commenced recruiting young people into the program.”
To be eligible for this new venture, young people who are interested need to be aged 15-24, currently unemployed and reside in the western, inner western and inner northern suburbs of Melbourne. Participants are still eligible even if they are currently in receipt of other services such as jobactive, DES or Transition To Work.
Any further enquiries can be directed to: