Community Connection/Grassroots

In 2019 a new outreach initiative was considered where over the next 12 months the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership will be working towards reaching individuals and communities across Victoria supporting activities that foster leadership in its many forms for the benefit of community. As a starting point we have identified applicants who this year have demonstrated leadership potential combined with projects that will build grassroots connections with community and encourage confidence in those communities.

Corey Walker

Corey is a traditional owner of Yorta Yorta Nations from Shepparton, and would like to establish an Indigenous Fishing Club in the Goulburn Valley to provide a platform for caring for country through fishing and natural resource management activities and programs and cultural engagement.

The Club would aim to address certain aspects that require Indigenous people’s knowledge systems in two-way learning and sharing to find best practice to care for and manage the local waterways and landscape. There are environmental, social, cultural and economic benefits in establishing an Indigenous Fishing Club.

Sherree Chaudhry

Sherree is a Gilgar Gunditjmara woman from Gunditjmara country in South West Victoria and lives in Heywood.

She is confident her program can enhance wellbeing for community members, both mental and physical, and develop their confidence and sense of freedom to pursue goals, in similar ways that took her on the Woor-Dungin/Koondee Woonga-gat Toor-rong journey.

It will begin in association with the running/walking group program, which has the potential to inspire healthy habits in the community, as well as have flow-on benefits to the participants and beyond.

Troy Lovett

Troy is Gunditjmara on his mother’s side and Yorta Yorta/Dja Dja Wurrung on his father’s side.

The main aim for his program will be the creation of a boy’s youth group, for Aboriginal youth aged 5-21 in the Glenelg Shire, Portland and Heywood, areas. Once establishing a group of participants, fortnightly gatherings would be held with alternating between ‘on-country’ and ‘off-country’, focusing on a different outcome of the program.

Charlie Solomon

Charlie is a proud Ngarigo Monero/Gurang Gurang man who grew up in East Gippsland on Gunai/Kurnai Country.

He would like to develop and explore a virtual reality project in the Justice system. Recording places on country to allow Aboriginal people in prison to connect to a special place on country. This will involve working with several communities across the state to record special places.