It’s Time to Change it Up

It’s time to change it up is the theme for this year’s National Reconciliation Week.


The City of Unley, as it has since 2007 and hot on the heals of reconstituting the Kaurna recognition at meetings of Council, will be hosting an event this coming Friday, the 29th May. It will be held in the Town Hall and it will commence at 10.00 am.

National Reconciliation Week is held every year 27 May – 3 June.

Each year National Reconciliation Week celebrates the rich culture and history of the First Australians. It is the ideal time for everyone to join the reconciliation conversation and to think about how we can help turn around the disadvantage experienced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. (Reconciliation Australia website)

This year the focus will take the national theme of “It’s time to change it up”. The event will be led by musician Ellie Lovegrove and dancer Damien Ralphs, two younger Kaurna people, who have taken part in a range of activities in the past years with different audiences. The work will be more of a contemporary take on Indigenous culture which is a new direction for Council.

We have invited schools to attend and some schools have taken up the offer of doing short 5 minute presentations on the theme of Reconciliation arising from their studies. As we stand, we have over 100 students attending from Kiranari, Parkside Primary, Unley Primary, Goodwood Primary School and Concordia College.

The event will be introduced by the Mayor and will be a mixture of Indigenous greetings and their cultural significance, interactive music and dance and presentations by local schools. We will attempt to retain informality about the morning to evoke the spirit of togetherness.

Come along, join us and see for yourself.

To find out more about National Reconciliation Week check at their website.

Help Celebrate Reconciliation Week.

The City of Unley is acknowledging Reconciliation Week this year at Heywood Park. It will be held in Heywood Park on Friday 29th May commencing at 10.00 am.


National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June.

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.

3 June, 1992 – The High Court of Australia delivered its landmark Mabo decision which legally recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship to the land—that existed prior to colonalisation and still exists today. This recognition paved the way for land rights called Native Title.


In recent years Reconciliation Week has been held in the Town Hall. Heywood Park has a significance that makes it an ideal venue. If the weather works against us it will revert back to the Town Hall.

Indigenous representatives, local schools and the wider community will come together to further the process of reconciliation. The national theme of “It’s time to change it up” will be the focus of this significant event.

Everyone is welcome to Unley’s Reconciliation Week.

To visit the Reconciliation Week website click here.


Anglicare Annual Business Forum on Poverty

I attended the Anglicare Annual Business Forum on Poverty last evening on behalf of the mayor, on the subject of reconciliation and recognising Aboriginals in our constitution in 2013.

It was held in the lovely Mortlock Library.

Our constitution actively discriminates against Aborigines and needs to be changed to reflect where we are going in the reconciliation process.