Brimbank City Council has joined celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the 1866 cricket match between the first Aboriginal Cricket Team and Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC).
Council hosted a special Journey to the ‘G event (22 November) as part of the Mullagh Wills Foundation Reconciliation through Sport initiative.
Mayor of Brimbank, Cr John Hedditch said Brimbank was pleased be part of the initiative that recognises the important role that sport plays in bringing people together.
“It is a privilege for Council to be part of the Mullagh Wills Foundation Reconciliation through Sport initiative.
“Brimbank has officially received the Journey to the ‘G commemorative Message Book, which contains messages of Reconciliation that have been gathered along the book’s journey which will end at the MCG on Boxing Day,” Cr Hedditch said.
Brimbank City Council is the tenth municipality to receive the Message Book which is making its way to the MCG, mirroring the journey of the Aboriginal Cricket Team to its match against the MCC back in 1866.
“Brimbank’s involvement in this initiative reaffirms our commitment to Reconciliation by recognising and commemorating Aboriginal culture and heritage,” Cr Hedditch said.
“Council has an essential role to play in building and maintaining meaningful and respectful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island residents, community groups and Indigenous leaders.
“Understanding the past and committing to building a better future between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians, is a foundation for success, and to enhancing our national wellbeing,” Cr Hedditch said.
Brimbank has also marked the 150th anniversary celebrations with a special ‘Reconciliation Round’ of cricket held on the weekend, in which six Brimbank cricket teams participated.