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Six new Welcome to Country signs show respect and understanding

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May 02, 2018

Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp welcomed the signs, which promote a broader understanding of the indigenous heritage of the area.

WELCOME to Country signs have been installed across northern Victoria, advising travellers they are entering Dja Dja Wurrung Country.

The signs are in six locations near Rochester (on the Northern Hwy), Axedale, Boort and Woodend, and were designed by artists Racquel Buis-Kerr, Mandy Nicholson and Ky-Ya Nicolson.

Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp welcomed the signs, which promote a broader understanding of the indigenous heritage of the area.

“We are proud to work with the Dja Dja Wurrung people and these new signs are an important acknowledgement of their culture and heritage,” he said.

Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation director Jida Gulpilil said the signs were a symbol of respect and understanding. “To quote my great grandfather, ‘you can get a tune out of playing the white keys on a piano and you can get a tune out of playing the black keys, but to get harmony you need to play both black and white keys together’.”

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