Some of us enjoyed the Flag raising ceromony organised by Bayside City Council. The council put on quite
a lavish affair. We enjoyed speaches by prominant aboriginal leaders in our community, music and gourmet aboriginal food provided
by a well known aboriginal restaraunt in Melbourne called, "Soul Mamas" (?).
1st of May 2004 - Walk in Harmony for Aboriginal Reconciliation Today we held our
walk "In Harmony" for aboriginal reconciliation even though officially the walk was cancelled due to the bad weather (rain
and hail early in the day).
Nevertheless, when we actually had the walk at , at about there
was a small shower of rain and we sheltered under the eaves of Black Rock House. After that brief spell of rain it was relatively
fine for the rest of the walk.
I did the introduction ar the start and finish of the walk.
I did reading at the Beacon, we reflected and we walked onto
the Sheoaks. At the Sheoaks another person read out the poem by Pamela Ellem a member of our group, we reflected once more
on the words and the meaning behind the beautiful words. We moved on to "The Lookout" the site of a previous aboriginal camping
ground and reflected and imagined what it might have been like many many years ago when it was plain with grazing Kangaroos
on it. The "At the lookout" reading was then readout, we reflected. At all times we thought of the aboriginal people and how
they look differently at the land than we do, they see it spiritually which is different to how we often see materially -
as real-estate (though not all people are the same). We moved on at the same time feeling and hearing the cool wind
and music of the rustling leaves we descended down the path towards the raging surf. We decided due to the raging weather
conditions (though it was not raining) that we would do the reading near the "white cliffs" of Black Rock, I read out the
reading, "At the cliffs"; we reflected. At this time you could see and smell the sea foam and the wet ochre, the aboriginal
painter's glistening palette as we rounded the corner and came onto the main stretch of Black Rock beach. We must have looked
like the first explorers as we were all rugged up, bracing against the heavy cool sweet sea breeze. Just before we reached
the Black Rock Life Saving Club, "Kieran Little" a member of our group held a "Dadirri" session, which as far as I can see
is a type of aboriginal meditation which lasted approximately 5 minutes - we found peace in the chaos of the choppy surf and
heavy winds - but we survived and became closer to the land, the people of the land, ourselves and each other.
One person in the group took photos; approximately 13 people
completed the walk.