Stolen Generations Marker Project - community consultation

Hume City Council recognises the rich Aboriginal heritage within the municipality and acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, which includes the Gunung Willam Balluk clan, as the Traditional Custodians of this land. Council embraces Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander living cultures as a vital part of Australia’s identity and recognises, celebrates and pays respect to the existing family members of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and to Elders past, present and future.

Project Background

Hume City Council is working in partnership with the community to develop and install a permanent Stolen Generations Marker in Hume.

The Stolen Generations Marker will acknowledge the harm caused to First Nations Peoples of Australia, their children, families and communities. The Marker it will serve as a reminder about the injustice caused by successive governments on First Nations people and the ongoing impacts it is still creating today.

More information is available on Council's main website.

Stolen Generations Marker Working Group

In April 2020, Hume City Council established a Working Group that guides the priorities of the project. The group includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members, community members affected by the impacts of the Stolen Generations and representatives from peak bodies including Link-Up Victoria and Connecting Home.

Shortlisted Sites

The Working Group reviewed many sites and narrowed the shortlist down to three. This was based on considering agreed ‘site principles’ and the suitability of each location. The remaining 3 sites were:

Wetland site:
Malcolm Creek Reserve, Craigieburn
Red Gum site:
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Grassland site:
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn



Opposite 20 Centennial Park DrivePackington CourtPackington Court
Melway 386 G5Melway 386 G3Melway 386 G3


How the community could Participate:

Survey

An online survey asked people their thoughts about each location and to choose their preferred site. People were also offered the alternative of speaking with a council officer or a Working Group member.

Guided site tours:

In November 2020 guided tours of the three sites were offered where community members could:

  • Visit the three proposed sites for the Marker
  • Hear about the project
  • Ask questions
  • Share their thoughts and ideas to help shape the Marker.

Online workshops:

Online workshops in November 2020 offered an opportunity for community members to:

  • Hear about the project
  • Ask questions
  • Share their thoughts and ideas to help shape the Marker.

What we heard

Feedback from the thirty-five people who filled out the online survey, and the twenty-one people who participated in the onsite consultation showed that there was clear support for either of two sites for the Marker: Malcolm Creek Reserve (Wetlands Site) or Golden Sun Moth Park (Red Gum Site). Respondents also pointed out that the final decision for choosing the Marker Site needs to consider the ownership and custodianship of the site.

Nest steps: Stolen Generations Marker concept development

In late 2020, Hume City Council conducted an Expression of Interest process to select a group of artists to design concepts for the future Stolen Generations Marker. The successful artists that have moved to the next stage are:

  • Fiona Clarke: a Kirrae Whurrong artist living in Sunshine who has previously created public artwork for Metro Trains, Cricket Australia, and City of Greater Dandenong.
  • Thomas Marks: a Gunaikurnai artist from Gippsland living in Ballarat who has delivered exhibitions across Melbourne and as part of the Torch project and is a member of the Stolen Generations.
  • Mandy Nicholson: a Wurundjeri artist living in Hampton Park who has previously delivered works for the Manchester Commonwealth Games and at Birrarung Marr for the City of Melbourne.
  • Karen Lovett: a Gunditjmara artist living in Broadmeadows who has produced public artworks for the City of Hume, gallery exhibitions and is a member of the Stolen Generations.
  • Robert Young: a Gunnai/Waradgerie artist who has previously produced public art works for Yarra Valley Water, Yarra Ranges City Council.

Artists are currently developing their concepts to suit one of the preferred locations. Concepts will be considered by a Selection Panel in March and Council hopes to endorse a design and location in May.

Hume City Council recognises the rich Aboriginal heritage within the municipality and acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, which includes the Gunung Willam Balluk clan, as the Traditional Custodians of this land. Council embraces Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander living cultures as a vital part of Australia’s identity and recognises, celebrates and pays respect to the existing family members of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and to Elders past, present and future.

Project Background

Hume City Council is working in partnership with the community to develop and install a permanent Stolen Generations Marker in Hume.

The Stolen Generations Marker will acknowledge the harm caused to First Nations Peoples of Australia, their children, families and communities. The Marker it will serve as a reminder about the injustice caused by successive governments on First Nations people and the ongoing impacts it is still creating today.

More information is available on Council's main website.

Stolen Generations Marker Working Group

In April 2020, Hume City Council established a Working Group that guides the priorities of the project. The group includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members, community members affected by the impacts of the Stolen Generations and representatives from peak bodies including Link-Up Victoria and Connecting Home.

Shortlisted Sites

The Working Group reviewed many sites and narrowed the shortlist down to three. This was based on considering agreed ‘site principles’ and the suitability of each location. The remaining 3 sites were:

Wetland site:
Malcolm Creek Reserve, Craigieburn
Red Gum site:
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn
Grassland site:
Golden Sun Moth Park, Craigieburn



Opposite 20 Centennial Park DrivePackington CourtPackington Court
Melway 386 G5Melway 386 G3Melway 386 G3


How the community could Participate:

Survey

An online survey asked people their thoughts about each location and to choose their preferred site. People were also offered the alternative of speaking with a council officer or a Working Group member.

Guided site tours:

In November 2020 guided tours of the three sites were offered where community members could:

  • Visit the three proposed sites for the Marker
  • Hear about the project
  • Ask questions
  • Share their thoughts and ideas to help shape the Marker.

Online workshops:

Online workshops in November 2020 offered an opportunity for community members to:

  • Hear about the project
  • Ask questions
  • Share their thoughts and ideas to help shape the Marker.

What we heard

Feedback from the thirty-five people who filled out the online survey, and the twenty-one people who participated in the onsite consultation showed that there was clear support for either of two sites for the Marker: Malcolm Creek Reserve (Wetlands Site) or Golden Sun Moth Park (Red Gum Site). Respondents also pointed out that the final decision for choosing the Marker Site needs to consider the ownership and custodianship of the site.

Nest steps: Stolen Generations Marker concept development

In late 2020, Hume City Council conducted an Expression of Interest process to select a group of artists to design concepts for the future Stolen Generations Marker. The successful artists that have moved to the next stage are:

  • Fiona Clarke: a Kirrae Whurrong artist living in Sunshine who has previously created public artwork for Metro Trains, Cricket Australia, and City of Greater Dandenong.
  • Thomas Marks: a Gunaikurnai artist from Gippsland living in Ballarat who has delivered exhibitions across Melbourne and as part of the Torch project and is a member of the Stolen Generations.
  • Mandy Nicholson: a Wurundjeri artist living in Hampton Park who has previously delivered works for the Manchester Commonwealth Games and at Birrarung Marr for the City of Melbourne.
  • Karen Lovett: a Gunditjmara artist living in Broadmeadows who has produced public artworks for the City of Hume, gallery exhibitions and is a member of the Stolen Generations.
  • Robert Young: a Gunnai/Waradgerie artist who has previously produced public art works for Yarra Valley Water, Yarra Ranges City Council.

Artists are currently developing their concepts to suit one of the preferred locations. Concepts will be considered by a Selection Panel in March and Council hopes to endorse a design and location in May.