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.
Be the Hero Indigenous project involves Melbourne Storm in partnership with the Victorian Women’s Trust identifying and training up to 24 young Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island male leaders (aged 15-16 years old) to deliver the program in schools or other community setting.
These young leaders will be trained over 3 days, and then once they have been trained will then be able to deliver the program. When delivering, they will receive support from Paul Zappa from the Victorian Womens Trust and a Melbourne Storm player for their initial visit to the school.
Aunty Dot was one of twenty outstanding Indigenous Victorians inducted to the nation’s first-ever Indigenous Honour Roll.
The Premier, Ted Baillieu and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Jeanette Powell announced the 20 inaugural inductees to the Honour Roll on Friday 17 February.
Being celebrated are well-known figures and quiet achievers whose efforts have significantly impacted society. Their accomplishments span the areas of health, education, politics, sport and the arts.
Through the Victorian Indigenous Honour Roll, the valuable legacy of Indigenous Victorians, past and present is recognised and acknowledged.
The Honour Roll helps to ensure that future generations will continue to recognise and pay tribute to those who have made, and continue to make, contributions to Victoria and beyond.
Indigenous and non-Indigenous families came together for a morning of music, storytelling, art and play on Sunday 17th March. The Healesville Reconciliation Precinct for Children and Families Open Day showcased the vision of six agencies (including HICSA) involved in a partnership focused on creating a safe, integrated, culturally competent and welcoming early years education precinct for Healesville.
A welcome to country was given by Wurundjeri elder Gloria Coombes - Aunty Kitty, and Healesville elder Aunty Dot Peters who shared stories and traditional skills including grass coiling.
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.