Celebrate National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week, which runs from 27 May to 3 June 2018, celebrates the rich culture and history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

To mark this important week, Isaiah Firebrace will perform at the Hawthorn Arts Centre. Isaiah, a Yorta Yorta man, won The X Factor in 2016 and represented Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017.

When: 8pm, Sunday 27 May 2018

Where: Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

Tickets: Full $29, Concession $25 (under 16), Family (one adult + two concessions) $64

Book online at https://www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/events/isaiah-firebrace-concert

or call 9278 4770.

The Boroondara Library Service will also be holding a special storytime session during Reconciliation Week. Parents, carers, grandparents and their children are invited to attend this free, interactive and fun session by Yarn Strong Sista to learn more about Indigenous culture through storytelling.

When: 11am, Monday 28 May 2018

Where: Camberwell Library, 340 Camberwell Road, Camberwell

For more information, visit www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/libraries or call 9278 4666.
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Tour of Places of Worship in Boroondara 20 November 2017

Join a free tour of places of worship in Boroondara.

Visit the:

  • Bao Lin Chan Monastery in Glen Iris
  • the Christian Community Church in East Hawthorn
  • the Carmelite Monastery Church and gardens in Kew.

Transport will leave the City of Boroondara Council Offices, Customer service area on 8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell at 10.15 a.m. and will return at 3.00 p.m, traffic permitting.

Please advise of any access, interpreting or dietary requirements upon booking. Light refreshments will be available.


To book go to

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/a-tour-of-places-of-worship-in-boroondara-tickets-39174827965?aff=es2\ or contact 9278 4938

National Relay Service (If you have hearing/speech difficulties) call 1300 555 727 or TTY/voice calls 133 677

 To use a telephone interpreter call 131 450

Emma Wilkinson
Social Inclusion Policy and Projects Officer

8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell, Victoria, 3124
City of Boroondara – Community Planning and Development
Telephone: (03) 9278 4938

Web: www.boroondara.vic.gov.au

National Relay Service (If you have a hearing/speech impairment) call 1300 555 727 or TTY/voice calls 133 677

 To use a telephone interpreter call 131 450

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National Reconciliation Week 2016

National Reconciliation Week is a time to recognise the culture and history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. To celebrate National Reconciliation Week, the  Boroondara Interfaith Network invites you to a free family friendly interactive workshop on Aboriginal Creation Stories. The workshop, which will be led by Aboriginal artist, Rachel Shields, which will provide an opportunity for people to learn about Aboriginal culture and take part in producing an artwork.

When: Thursday 9 June 2016 between 4 pm and 5.30 pm

 Where: Phyllis Hore Room,  Kew Library, Corner of Cotham Road and Civic Drive.

Bookings: This is a free event, however, bookings are essential. Please contact Traci Alchin, Community Planning and Development on 9278 4753 or email Traci.Alchin@broondara.vic.gov.au

More information

Online calendars of events for National Reconciliation Week are available at:

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Light UP 2016

Churches across Boroondara are bringing Christmas to the Community by lighting up their church buildings, displaying nativity scenes, dramatising the Christmas story or singing carols.

Make it a family event and visit your local churches from 5 December till 30 December.

Light UP

For a list of participating churches and to donate for a local charity, visit: www.lightup.org.au .

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What is the Heart of Our Humanity?

You are invited to a community reflection on the history of interfaith to mark the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions.

Hear about some of the key issues raised at this year’s Parliament taking place in Salt Lake City, and join in a community conversation about the meaning of interfaith and our humanity here in Boroondara.

A vegetarian afternoon tea will be provided.

When: 4pm to 6.30pm, Wednesday 11 November

Where: Level 2, Swinburne Multi Faith Facility, The George Building, 34 Wakefield St, Hawthorn

This is a free event, however bookings are essential.

Please register your attendance by Monday 2 November.

Register at: heartofhumanity.eventbrite.com.au

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Let’s Hurry to Love

You are invited to an afternoon of poetry and discussion about respectful relationships in celebration of International Day of Non-Violence.

Enjoy a performance of poetry and music by artists John Wood, Kristof Kaczmarek, Suhasini Seelin and Konrad Olszewski from Exit Theatre, and join a discussion on different aspects of love.

This event is brought to you by the Boroondara Interfaith Network in partnership with the Chai Junction.

A vegetarian afternoon tea will be provided.

When: 2pm to 5pm, Sunday 18 October

Where: Kew Court House, 188 High St, Kew

This is a free event, however bookings are essential.

Please register your attendance by Wednesday  14 October.

Register at: letshurrytolovetickets.eventbrite.com.au


If you would like to attend this event and have specific access, communication or dietary needs please contact 9278 4753 by Friday 2 October and we will do our best to accommodate you.

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Swinburne University Multi Faith Facility Anniversary Celebration

‘Acknowledging Indigenous Spirituality – We All Stand on Sacred Ground’

You are invited to attend  the 4th Anniversary Celebration of the Swinburne Multi Faith Facility, as an activity of the Swinburne University  Reconciliation Action Plan. We explore the question: ‘How do we acknowledge the spirituality of Australian indigenous peoples in our Swinburne Multi Faith Facility?’

Our guest speaker is Prof Ian Anderson –  Pro Vice Chancellor Engagement at The University of Melbourne and Founding Director of Murrup Barak – Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development at Melbourne University. Professor Anderson is also the Director for Research and Innovation at the Lowitja Institute.


  • 4.00 pm Flag Poles for ‘Welcome to Country’ (Wakefield Street)
  • 4.15 pm Level 2, The George for the speaker presentation

This will be followed by light refreshments at 5.00 pm on Level 3, The George and tours of the Swinburne Multi Faith Facility level 3 The George.

When: 4.00pm Wednesday 12th August. (Two minutes’ walk from the Glenferrie Station)

Enquiries: ndaddow@swin.edu.au Swinburne Chaplain

The Swinburne Multi Faith Facility was opened in May 2011 with Archbishop Philip Freier of the Melbourne Anglican Diocese  (Now Primate of the Anglican Church in Australia)as the speaker. We maintain a tradition of an anniversary celebration in which we seek to stimulate thinking around the broad theme of  encouraging respectful dialogue between people of different faiths and belief frameworks. We have eight registered student faith groups – Islamic, Jewish and Christian and ongoing links with Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu and Sikh communities and students.

Subsequent anniversary gatherings have featured Dr Deborah Weismann (International Council of Christians & Jews – Jerusalem), Prof Abdullah Saeed (Head of Islamic studies – Melbourne University) and Rev Dr Denham Grierson (Emeritus Professor Education/Theology – United Faculty of Theology – Melbourne University of Divinity).

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