A Celebration of Indigenous Connection to Country

Gippsland Medicare Local (GML) and Mirboo North and District Community Bank are pleased to announce the winners in the Indigenous arts initiative, ‘Connection to Country’,

GML’s Chief Executive Officer, Peter Quigley congratulated the winning entries which will share in prizes provided by competition sponsors.

“Gippsland Medicare Local was delighted to develop and sponsor this initiative and we warmly congratulate everyone who took the time to craft and submit their entries,” Mr Quigley said.

“Winners of the major prizes – camera equipment and electronic hardware – are Len Clark, Bradley Brown, Edna Ritchie and Cassie Harrap.”

In addressing the formal presentation at GippsTAFE in Traralgon, Mr Quigley said the ‘Connection to Country’, had sought “depictions of people’s connection to a physical, and or spiritual place throughout Gippsland and the wider Australian community”.

“Gippsland Medicare Local is working closely with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and health centres throughout Gippsland to connect people to better health services in their communities,” Mr Quigley said.

Prizes were also awarded to Daryl McKay, Steve Parker, Judy Baxter, Jai Nelson, Leonie Cockerill, Anthony Hume, Simon Glass and Shannon Nicholson

Chosen entries will now be displayed in a colourful and unique calendar to be available through Gippsland’s health care providers in the New Year.

The calendar aims to improve and support Aboriginal health outcomes through greater awareness of the importance of recording and keeping medical appointments and the availability of primary health services in the communities..

The 2013 ‘Connection to Country’ photographic and art competition was an initiative of Gippsland Medicare Local and was kindly supported by the Mirboo North and Districts Community Bank.  The competition will return in 2014.

A full selection of the winning entries will be posted to the GML website: www.gml.org.au