From the Dja Dja Wurrung People
the State of Victoria

Rodney Carter

Rodney Carter

Rodney Carter
Group Chief Executive Officer
Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation

Dja Dja Wurrung Country is a cultural landscape that is not only tangible objects, imprinted in it are dreaming stories, lore, totemic relationships, ceremonies and martinga kulinga murrup (ancestral spirits) within the Country, which give it life and significant value. The values we hold as Jaara people for our Country are shaped from the belief system that all things have a murrup (spirit) – katjin (water), birds, plants, animals, rocks and mountains. We see all the land and its creatures in a holistic way, each interconnected with each other and themselves. We enjoy close spiritual connections with our Country, developing sustainable economic practices in relationship with lands, katjin and natural resources.

Our dreaming stories tell of Mindi, Bunjil and Waa, explaining the creation of our lands and the evolution of our people, and the right way for us to live. Our language connects us to water, land, animals, spirits and people, calling our ancestors to ceremony and strengthening our identity. Some of our customs and practices are men’s business and some are women’s business, and some are for us to share as a community. Dja Dja Wurrung culture is the foundation of our community’s spiritual, social and emotional wellbeing, and we protect it, pass it on and help others to understand and respect our ways.

The Regional Centre for Culture provides a great platform to share in the knowledge of our laws, customs and stories that make up our Dja Dja Wurrung culture. They guide the way we behave and the decisions we make every day.

The Regional Centre for Culture is also a great opportunity for the wider community to learn more about us, the Jaara, the Traditional Owners of the land on which these events take place. 

Martin Foley

Martin Foley

Martin Foley
Minister for Creative Industries
State of Victoria

Victoria is the creative state, made up of creative regions, creative communities and creative people. 

The Regional Centre for Culture program celebrates this by shining a light on one geographic region for one year, celebrating local creativity, culture and community in all their diversity. 

There is no better place to start than in central Victoria, on parts of the traditional lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurung, in an area that spans an area from Mollongchip to Whipstick and from Heathcote to Maryborough.

This is a region with a rich cultural heritage and a vibrant contemporary culture. It is home to iconic theatres, galleries and festivals, and one of Australia’s most significant populations of artists and creative practitioners.

Throughout 2018 we’ll enjoy a program of events, creative experiences and new artistic works across the City of Greater Bendigo and the Shires of Central Goldfields, Hepburn and Mount Alexander.   

The Victorian Government is proud to present this inaugural Regional Centre for Culture program, and we are proud to support projects, large and small, that will put the region’s incredible local talent up in lights. 

Join us in 2018 and explore one of Australia’s most creative regions, here in the creative state.


Messages from Local Governments

Central Goldfields Shire

Central Goldfields Shire Council is thrilled to be named one of four regional Victorian councils to form part of the Regional Centre for Culture program.

Regarded as one of Victoria’s key regional cultural hubs we’re excited to welcome the year-long celebration of arts, culture and community to our region.

We look forward to working in partnership with the Regional Centre for Culture to deliver a program that is set to shine the spotlight on our thriving local creativity, culture and events scene.

As a Shire we are committed to providing opportunities to engage our local community and attract tourism. With the Regional Centre for Culture program set to do both, we can’t wait to enjoy its benefits.

This is a unique opportunity for Central Goldfields Shire to be part of one of the most significant arts and culture programs ever established in regional Victoria and we look forward to seeing it come to fruition.

Watch this space!

Central Goldfields Shire

City of Greater Bendigo

City of Greater Bendigo is renowned for its innovative and creative culture. Our thriving local arts scene includes Bendigo Art Gallery, one of the state’s premier cultural destinations, The Capital and Ulumbarra Theatres, a range of small performing arts venues, creative arts, music and various local galleries.

The City has an active role in facilitating arts and cultural programs, performances and exhibitions for the wider community to enjoy, and provides a range of grant opportunities to support artists and performers. 

Greater Bendigo is widely promoted as a destination for visitors to enjoy a cultural experience outside of Melbourne. Our community really has something for everyone when it comes to arts and culture.

The City is very pleased to be part of the inaugural Regional Centre for Culture in association with the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, Mount Alexander Shire Council, Central Goldfields Shire and Hepburn Shire. 

We look forward to showcasing the best of Greater Bendigo as part of the Regional Centre for Culture in 2018.

Cr Margaret O’Rourke, Mayor
City of Greater Bendigo

Hepburn Shire

The Hepburn Shire is well known for its rich food and wine culture, along with its abundance of local mineral water.  We are a region who celebrates its diversity through cultural events and festivals, and our markets have made us a destination of choice for many day-trippers.  Our area is popular with tourists for its natural environment and attractions, and we have also become a centre for local artists who add a vibrancy to the region. 

Council is a proud partner of the 2018 Creative Victoria initiative, the Regional Centre for Culture (RCC). The RCC is a yearlong program celebrating the creative industries and capacity in our region, which will culminate in a showcase event in our shire in 2018.  The initiative has also seen smaller grants being made available to locals for creative commissions during the life of the program.  The program will help foster our regions cultural expression through events and our strong connection with the traditional owners of the land, the Dja Dja Wurrung people.

Cr John Cottrell, Mayor
Hepburn Shire Council

Mount Alexander Shire

It’s no secret that Mount Alexander Shire has a wealth of innovative and artistic people to meet and hidden treasures to explore. We are known across the nation for our creative and engaged community, our love of all things sustainable, inspiring heritage streetscapes and a cultural backdrop that attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to the region each year.

People come from far and wide to experience the creative energy. They love the personal touch of meeting our makers. Whether that be those who make instruments, hot rods, furniture, art, sculptures, iron works, ciders, beers, wines, locally grown foods and more.

Mount Alexander Shire Council is thrilled to be part of the inaugural Regional Centre for Culture in association with the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, the City of Greater Bendigo, Central Goldfields Shire and Hepburn Shire.

We encourage everyone to participate in the exciting program of cultural activities and events in the year ahead.

Cr Bronwen Machin, Mayor
Mount Alexander Shire Council