Strong Community. Strong Culture. Strong Country.
Connection to culture helps our people be strong, and assists the wider community to understand and embrace who we are. We build cultural connectedness with a range of our activities, but also with specific sessions and programs.
- Cultural training and information sessions
- Acknowledgement and Welcome to Country
- Attendance at festivals such as Pako Festa
- Language sessions
Currently, Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative offers Welcome to Country & Smoking Ceremony services to external organisations, performed by Tradional Owners of Wadda Warrung Country. You can request a service through this online form. Please note that not all requests can be fulfilled, and online forms sometimes get re-directed to junk mail - so if you have made an online request and have not had a response, please call our reception team on 5277 0044.
Welcome To Country
- Explaining the importance and relevance of Aboriginal culture in today’s setting
- Welcoming at events and ceremonies
The Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative Men’s Group meet on a regular basis to have a yarn and connect with community. It’s an opportunity for men to come together for social activities, cultural sessions and have a feed.
The Wathaurong Women’s Group, known as “Balert Bagoorrk - Strong Women”, meets every Wednesday at Forster Street between 12:30pm and 2pm.
The group is a supportive space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to connect with other women and culture.
Activities include arts & crafts, cultural cooking, guest speakers, bingo/games and excursions and outings. Lunch is provided and tea and coffee is available
Our strong sistas are awesome. We are creative, intelligent women who bring up great kids, be good friends and partners, and be important members of our community.
Come and have a cuppa and a yarn!