The Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association (HICSA) was established in December 2009
“To establish a welcoming and culturally affirming place in Healesville that provides a central point of contact for community members, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, for information, services and programs that are focused on building a healthy, strong and skilled community”
The Association and its members are committed to working collaboratively and harmoniously to achieve the above vision. To work towards the general betterment of Aboriginal people and, specifically, for the advancement of Aboriginal people in Healesville and the Yarra Ranges.
Acknowledgement to Country
The Board of the Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association Incorporated would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land, the Wurundjeri, and pay respects to their Elders past and present. We would also like to acknowledge those peoples, including Elders, who came to live on Wurundjeri land from all over Australia as a result of dispossession from their homelands, and in more recent times through choice. We will strive to uphold a cultural respect model that further includes and strengthens all our people, stories, traditions and culture for now and future generations.
The Board of HICSA would like to acknowledge the organisations and individuals who have provided or continue to provide either financial or pro bono support for the establishment of a Belonging Place in Healesville. Our funding partners include the Department of Health, Department of Planning and Community Development, Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust (Johnstone Gumption Sub Fund), Toward a Just Society and the Alice Sloan Trust.
Organisations or individuals who have supported our vision include the Yarra Ranges Council, Swinburne University, Ray Rosales (Connecting Home, Probono Accountancy), Mike Dawson-Smith (Pro Bono Human Resources Consultant), Tim Bracher (Pro Bono Business Planner, Bramark Consulting) and Clare O’Kelly (Pro Bono Project Management, All-iN Productions). Information Technology and Web design support provided by Christopher Mawson and Mirko Velic.
Our featured artist is Safina Stuart.
On the 16th March 2011 Aunty Dot was inducted into the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll. This roll acknowledges women who make a difference in their communities. They can be doctors, teachers, Indigenous leaders, sportswomen and community workers who have empowered and inspired others. This year's Victorian Women's Honour Roll celebrates 30 of those who dared to make a difference.
This year Aunty Dot was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women for her work to recognise Aboriginal returned service men and women after her own father’s death on the Thai Burma Railway in WW2. Protocols honouring Aboriginal service men and women are now part of ceremonies Australia wide.
Congratulations Aunty Dot. Professor Muriel Bamblett AM, was also inducted into the Honour Roll for her tireless work as an advocate for and to improve the lives of Aboriginal children and their families. She is a former CEO of Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency.