A new community-led cultural walking trail has opened in North Geelong as part of a two-year project aimed at enhancing cultural respect and social cohesion.
Twenty Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) young people from the northern suburbs of Geelong worked together to create the trail alongside artists, youth workers and cultural mentors.
The new walking trail depicts a story of our First Nation People, European settlement, Post World War II immigration to new arrivals today. It links the Diversitat Northern Community Hub in Norlane with the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative in North Geelong and the surrounding area.
The initiative was part of the ‘Community, Culture and Connection’ project which has been working with local Aboriginal and CALD young people to promote social cohesion, strengthen connection to cultural identity and provide education and employment pathways.
Delivered by the City of Greater Geelong and local project partners including Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative, Diversitat and various education and training providers, the two-year project was funded by a $200,000 Place-based Targeted Grant.
The conclusion of the project was celebrated with the official opening of the new walking trail, which also includes a public art piece and landscaped reflection space for the whole community to enjoy.