Mornington Peninsula Human Rights Group

Promoting understanding of, and respect for, human rights

Our thanks to Glenys Watts

Date: 12 Apr 2011

Our thanks to Glenys Watts, the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Aboriginal Support and Development Team Leader, who took the time to talk to the Mornington Peninsula Human Rights Group at our April meeting. Glenys outlined the programs offered by the Aboriginal Support and Development Team and the recent acquisition of a Gathering Place in the Hasting area.

The programs are supported by the Shire Council and include film nights, workshops and talks, early years intervention program for 0-8 year olds, Koori night market, Sisters Day Out, dinner dance, flag-raising ceremony, art display and sales, celebrations for Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC.

Two matters which personally involve Glenys are:

  • As a great-granddaughter of Lucy and Percy Pepper she features in a touring exhibition called Footprints, which will visit Mornington Library in June-July. It reveals something of the struggle to survive experienced by Aboriginal people in the early years of the twentieth century.
  • As a Gunai-Kurnai woman, she was involved in the successful achievement of land rights for her people in east Gippsland - the first to be obtained under the new program introduced by the former state government. It was a two-year process and means that her people now jointly manage ten parks and reserves with the interest from an investment of $10 million.

We all enjoyed hearing from Glenys, and having the opportunity to learn more about the indigenous people on the Peninsula.  Thanks again Glenys.