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KWT was proud to assist in the funding of The Three rivers Festival held during December in the Echuca /Moama area of Victoria up near the NSW border.

The aim and objective of the project was to promote healthy lifestyle choices, strengthen and showcase Aboriginal culture and talents, enhance reconciliation, increase participation rates in positive activities, promote community support services and provide opportunities for small Indigenous business owners to promote and sell their products

Entertainment at the free concert held at Moama Sound Shell featured the following Indigenous artists:

1. Buddy Knox (Tamworth)

2. Madi Colville-Walker (Moama)

3. The Deans (Melbourne)

4. Indigenous Hip Hop Projects (Melbourne)

5. Dallas Woods (MC) (Wyndham)

Heard Instinctive Collective (Shepparton)

Festival director Clayton Mitchell summed up the feeling of the community;

"I am very pleased with the success and great feedback from participants at the annual Three Rivers Festival. The generosity and support of your organization and other sponsors has ensured the continued success of this important gathering and enabled the event to be free and inclusive for communities to access and participate in while being in a culturally safe space.

Over 6 years our festival has developed a large regional audience, some great local partnerships and has developed a sound festival model that integrates music, sport and culture to connect our elders and young people in a fun and safe space."

The Festival was jam-packed with artists stalls and had an incredible lineup of First Nations musicians

The UN Climate Change Conference COP 25 (2 – 13 December 2019) took place under the Presidency of the Government of Chile and was held with support from the Government of Spain.

The 25th COP was an important conference for First Nations to represented at, and KWT was proud to ensure that Victorian climate activist, former Greens MP and Gunditchmara/Gunnai Kurnai woman Lidia Thorpe was representing;

"The support of KWT enabled me to take that voice, our voice into a place where Aboriginal Australia was not represented

The opportunity that KWT gave me was amazing. One of the highlights of my trip was meeting these other fellas called the Indigenous Caucus. I was welcomed with open arms, and they all spoke the same language as us

The struggles around the world with Indigenous people are just the same struggles we're facing here in our own country

KWT is really important in the philanthropic sector, and we need other philanthropic bodies supporting KWT to ensure it continues"

Lidia has just announced she is running for the Federal Senate for the Greens Party and plans to attend the next COP in the Netherlands 2021

KWT will continue to support First Nations' action on climate change.

Updated: Jun 2

A KWT grant to Wiradjuri/Wotjubaluk Koorie health/social work professional A.J. Williams, is allowing an often unheard from group to air their views in a video project launching in 2020.

" This project ‘nhal muran birrang’ (in my own words) shows different aspects of culture as told by 19 adolescent boys.  The digital stories are a mixture of talking heads, interviews and presentations as the boys reflect on aspects and experiences of their life, culture and aspirations."

The participants hail from both Scotch College and Camberwell Grammar and the project will be launched in 2020.

(L) The Camberwell Grammar boys who are participating in the Nhal Muran Birrang Project.

L to R; Andreas, Garnett, AJ Williams (KWT grantee), Luke, Wyatt, Chris, and Xander.

Above Preston Campbell and Noah Graig from Scotch College


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