NAIDOC Week honours the rich and diverse culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, the oldest continuous living culture on the planet. This year’s event is inspired by the theme “Voice, Treaty, Truth”. The Indigenous voice of this country is over 65,000 plus years old. They are the first words spoken on this continent. Languages that passed down lore, culture and knowledge for over millennia. They are precious to our nation.

It’s that Indigenous voice that includes know-how, practices, skills and innovations - found in a wide variety of contexts, such as agricultural, scientific, technical, ecological and medicinal fields, as well as biodiversity-related knowledge. They are words connecting us to country, an understanding of country and of a people who are the oldest continuing culture on the planet.

To celebrate NAIDOC Week the Taungurung Lands and Water Council have collaborated with the Y Water Discovery Centre in Yea to present an exciting program of exhibitions and workshops. The Taungurung are the Traditional Owners of a large part of central Victoria including the Yea region.

Workshops will feature Taungurung women, Angela ten Buuren (Franklin) and Cassie Leatham, who will impart their knowledge of indigenous plants and traditional uses.

Kids won’t miss out, with a school holiday art activity to be held on Wednesday 10 July with artist Cassie Leatham and a storytime session on Saturday 13 July with Taungurung Elder Uncle Larry Walsh.

The program includes:

Sunday 7 - Sunday 14 July, 9:00am to 5:00pm

Celebrating Taungurung Culture An exhibition curated by Taungurung woman Angela ten Buuren

Wednesday 10 July, 10:00am to 11:30am

School Holiday art activities with Taungurung artist Cassie Leatham

Wednesday 10 July, 7.30pm - 9.00pm

Medicinal and traditional uses of Aboriginal plants session with Cassie Leatham

Saturday 13 July, 10:00am and 2:00pm

Walk in the Wetlands and a Taste of Taungurung

Angela ten Buuren discusses traditional uses of indigenous plants

Saturday 13 July 12noon - 2.00pm

BBQ. Enjoy kangaroo burgers and kangaroo sausages

Saturday 13 July, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Story Time with Taungurung Elder Uncle Larry Walsh

Sunday 14 July - 11.00am

Taungurung Land & Waters Council CEO, Matthew Burns talks treaty. What does Treaty mean? What does Treaty look like?


Proudly supported by Taungurung Land & Waters Council, Murrindindi Shire Council, Y Water Discovery Centre, Yea Wetlands Committee of Management

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To celebrate the opening of the new indigenous garden, Badji Baanang, at the Y Water Discovery Centre we're hosting a Wumindjika (Welcome) Weekend on the 11 & 12 November. Join in with the fantastic range of activities presented by members of the Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation (TCAC). Learn the art of ochre painting and basket weaving, build a Yilam and create your own boomerang design.

The activities will be held in and around the Y Water Discovery Centre and in the Yea Wetlands.

A highlight of the weekend will be a traditional Ngarrga-nan (Corroboree) held in the Yea Wetlands on Saturday 11 November at 8pm. Entry to the corroboree is via the John Cummins Reserve off the Goulburn Valley Highway. Please BYO torches and chairs.

Download the full program here.


Wumindjika Weekend

Learn how to generate electricity using water, clean up polluted water after an oil spill, and discover what causes erosion and what we can do to rectify the problem. It’s all part of National Science Week celebrations at the Y Water Discovery Centre.

This family friendly event will be held on Saturday 12 August at 10:00am – 11:30am and 2:00pm – 3:30pm at the Y Water Discovery Centre, 2 Hood Street Yea.

National Science Week is Australia’s annual opportunity to meet scientists, discuss the hot topics, do science and celebrate its cultural and economic impact on society. 2017 marks its 20th birthday.

First held in 1997, National Science Week has become one of Australia’s largest festivals. Last year saw a staggering 1.3 million people participate in over 1,800 events and activities.

In 2017, National Science Week events will be held right throughout Australia - from insect Olympics in Darwin to ‘Blood’ at Melbourne’s new Science Gallery to TAStroFest astronomy in the Apple Isle - with everything from science festivals, music and comedy shows, expert panel discussions, interactive hands-on displays and online activities.

The festival is proudly supported by the Australian Government; partners CSIRO, the Australian Science Teachers Association and the ABC; and sponsors Cosmos, Discovery Science, NewScientist and Popular Science.

National Science Week 2017 will run from 12-20 August. Event details can be found at

To join in the fun at the Y Water Discovery Centre please book in advance by calling 5797 2663 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To find out more about what’s on offer visit or Facebook.

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NAIDOC Week runs from the 2 – 9 July under the theme ‘Our Languages Matter’.
Indigenous language plays an essential role in cultural identity and cultural revival, also linking people to their land and water. It expresses knowledge about law, geography, history, caring for country, family and so much more.
The importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, the original languages of this nation, will be the focus of national celebrations marking NAIDOC Week 2017.
The Taungurung people were the first inhabitants of the Murrindindi area and locally within the Murrindindi Shire many place names are indigenous language words. The Taungurung word for Murrindindi is ‘Murrumdoorandi’ which means ’Place of mists, mountain’.
The Y Water Discovery Centre @ Yea Wetlands will be celebrating NAIDOC Week with a range of educational and fun activities for all ages.
Join Angela ten Buuren (Taungurung representative) on Sunday 2nd of July at 1pm for a ‘Walk in the Wetlands’. Angela will discuss the indigenous plants of the Yea Wetlands and their traditional uses. The walk will conclude with a ‘Taste of Taungurung’ afternoon tea at the Y Water Discovery Centre. There will also be a display of tools and baskets made from indigenous plants with their Taungurung names. For the kids there will be an Indigenous Wetlands Walk Trail Quiz and Sand Wizard Art on offer.
On Wednesday 5th July the Centre will host school holiday activities at 10am and 2pm. Join talented indigenous artist Cassie Leatham to create bush animals from natural materials found and collected in the Yea Wetlands.
Please book in advance for these activities.
To find out more about what’s on offer follow us on Facebook or call 5797 2663.

National Volunteer Week is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers. From 8–14 May 2017 thousands of events across the country will be held to say thank you to the 6 million Australians who volunteer.

National Volunteer Week celebrates the theme of Give Happy, Live Happy as research indicates that people who volunteer their time and skills live happier and healthier lives.

Volunteering Australia recognises that volunteering is a core part of the community and plays a critical role in Australian society, and in Australia’s economy. Volunteers form a formidable workforce powering many essential community, environmental, sporting, welfare, emergency services, education and cultural services.

This is certainly true at the Y Water Discovery Centre in Yea where an enthusiastic and dedicated team of more than forty local volunteers support the Centre with a range of skills and expertise. Volunteers help keep the Centre open 7 days a week by providing visitor information services, offering guided tours of the Yea Wetlands, assisting with the school programs and holiday activities, and cleaning and maintaining the Centre and gardens. The Centre is also managed by a committee of 6 local volunteers, the Y Water Centre Association Inc.

Chairman David Anderson says, “Our volunteers are our most important asset and vital to the success and ongoing sustainability of the Centre. We are extremely fortunate to have such a committed team. They are the real strength behind the Centre and its operations and are an extraordinary group of dedicated and knowledgeable locals who are terrific ambassadors for the region”.

There are currently a range of volunteering opportunities available at the Centre starting from as little as 4 hours a fortnight. Staff at the Centre are always keen to hear from locals interested in joining the team. As well as helping out at the Centre volunteers can participate in a range of social activities and visits to key destinations and attractions in the region.

It’s a great way to meet new people, learn new skills, gain experience and generally have fun!” said Mr Anderson.

To find out how to get involved contact the Y Water Discovery Centre on 5797 2663 or visit

The Y Water Discovery Centre has released its new strategic plan for the period 2017-2021. The five year plan comes as the Centre approaches the end of its second year of operation.

The process leading to the new strategic plan began last October when a half day review was conducted by Keith Ryall, a leading international facilitator with wide experience conducting reviews. With input from members of the Executive of the Y Water Discovery Centre, the Centre’s two staff, members of the Yea Wetlands Committee of Management, the Yea Wetlands Trust and volunteers, the process was finalised last month.

The Centre’s Executive was pleased with the opening period of the Centre’s operation based on the original business plan of the community based planning committee but considered the time was right for a new strategic plan to be adopted.

The plan identifies the vision for the Centre’s managers to develop pride in the Y Water Discovery Centre as a unique, valuable and sustainable community asset providing a distinct and memorable experience for visitors. The Centre’s programs seek to achieve this through the services provided by the Visitor Information Service, the Centre’s education programs and through engagement with the community.

The Centre seeks to establish strong external relationships with key stakeholders including the Murrindindi Shire Council, the Wetlands Committee of Management, the Wetlands Trust, the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and the Taungurang people.

With much of the economy of Yea based on tourism, a close relationship with Yea business is a major priority for the Centre as it seeks to grow not just the Discovery Centre as a destination but the town and region as well.

The plan was officially released in late March when the Centre Managers welcomed Murrindindi Shire Councillors to the Centre. The meeting enabled the Executive to present its annual report to Council and discuss matters of common interest in implementing the plan.

The strategic plan can be viewed online here or at the Centre.


Come along to the Y Water Discovery Centre at Yea Wetlands and join in a program full of fun and educational activities for primary school aged children.
Places are limited so bookings are essential. Gold coin donations appreciated. 
Wednesday 5th & Wednesday 12th April, 10:00am - 11.30am

Volunteers and staff at the Y Water Discovery Centre @ Yea Wetlands are now well equipped and informed about providing emergency care should any of the 30,000 annual visitors to the Centre be unfortunate enough to suffer a heart attack. This is all thanks to the generosity of the Yea & District Community Bank which provided the funding to purchase an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) now located at the Y Water Discovery Centre.

Applied correctly, and used in conjunction with prompt artificial respiration (CPR), this important piece of equipment can play a vital role in reviving patients who have suffered cardiac arrest. Mick Jackson from First Aid for Life conducted the training session and advised participants that these first aid measures can increase the chance of recovery for a heart attack patient from 30% to 80%.The training will help volunteers to assist visitors in need, as well as any of their own family or friends in need of emergency assistance.

Don Knight, Deputy Chair of the Y Water Centre Association, the managers of the Centre, thanked Branch Manager Lyn Southurst and Russell Wealands, a Director of Yea & District Community Bank, for their ongoing support and generosity to this community led venture.

In responding, Russell explained that it was through the Bank’s loyal customers that the Community Bank was able to return the funds necessary to support community projects like the Y Water Discovery Centre.

“Our Board is extremely proud to be able to assist the Centre, its staff and volunteers to provide emergency care for our community’s health,” he added.  “We encourage everyone here today to spread the word, contact Lyn and the friendly staff and consider the benefits of community banking”.With this latest grant the Yea Community Bank has now contributed over $130,000 to the local community.

If you’d like to find out more about the Centre’s activities visit or call 5797 2663.