Melton City Council

It was the first meeting of the new Melton City Council on Monday evening and the Mullagh Wills Foundation Journey to the G project was the first item on the agenda. The Melton City Council officially received the commemorative Message Book and all Councillors and the CEO included their signatures beneath the Council’s official Statement of Reconciliation.

The Mayor, Cr Sophie Ramsey, who had officiated at a special function at the Kirrip Aboriginal Community House in Melton earlier in the month, spoke enthusiastically about the Journey to the G project and the importance of the Melton City Council being involved and recording a message in the Message Book.

The Mayor welcomed the Mullagh Wills Foundation Chair, Jane Nathan, who outlined the Foundation and the incredible support that has been provided by communities in the Journey to the G project. Jane also thanked the City of Melton for the outstanding support provided by the local community and the Council for the Journey to the G and the commemoration of the 1866 Aboriginal Cricket Team.

Melton City Council Statement of Reconciliation in the Message Book

“Melton City Council acknowledges the skill and commitment shown by the All Aboriginal Cricket Team in the 1860’s firstly in the 1866 Boxing Day match with the Melbourne Cricket Club and secondly, as the first Australian cricket team to tour England.

It is a story of triumph and enduring spirit, in the overcoming over the racial inequality of the day. Racial inequality still exists.

We acknowledge the past injustices faced by our First Peoples and are committed to play our part in ensuring that these injustices are not repeated. We appreciate that we still have a long journey ahead of us.

The heart of sport can successfully drive this process of Reconciliation. It breaks down barriers and unites people of all races to join together for a common purpose. It promotes understanding, tolerance and humility. United, we are a powerful force against adversity.

Well done Mullagh Wills Foundation as organisers of Journey to the ‘G’, in bringing everyone together to celebrate these important messages.”