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The University of Melbourne will strengthen its ties with Goulburn Valley’s Indigenous community when it signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kaiela Institute on Friday 7 October.

The University of Melbourne will strengthen its ties with Goulburn Valley’s Indigenous community when it signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kaiela Institute on Friday 7 October.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis and Paul Briggs OAM, Executive Chairman of the Kaiela Institute will sign the agreement, which formalises links and the commitment to engage with local community indigenous organisations.

“I want to emphasize the importance of Indigenous partnerships to the University,” Professor Davis said. We are here because Shepparton is the centre of a very important community. The largest indigenous community in Victoria lives in this district.

“Today, we sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the Kaiela Institute and the University of Melbourne. We are excited by the potential of the Kaiela Institute, which has come into existence through a merger between the Kaiela Planning Council and the Koori Resource Information Centre.”

As one of the state’s most recognised Indigenous leaders, Mr Briggs said the success of the University of Melbourne’s partnership with the Goulburn Valley was reflected in the growth and development of strong institutions such as the Academy of Sport, Health and Education, the Rumbalara Football and Netball Club and now the Kaiela Institute.

Other key initiatives which form part of the University-Goulburn Valley partnership include the annual Dungala Kaiela Oration, links with the University’s Murrup Barak Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development and student engagement projects which are part of a volunteer program in the Faculty of Business and Economics.
 
“Leadership development is central to successful institutions. Community development rides on the back of this success.” Mr Briggs said.

One of the key initiatives of the formal partnership, a program created through the University’s links to Leadership Victoria will provide leadership training and mentoring for three of Kaiela Institute’s senior executive staff members to support the development of a strong management base.
 
Mr Briggs said the enhanced leadership will further the three areas of principal activity at the Kaiela Institute – well-being, participation and productivity.

Leadership Victoria’s Chairman, Mr Garry Ringwood will also attend and sign an agreement with the University to reflect his organisation’s contribution to the partnership.

What: Partnership launch between the University of Melbourne and Kaiela Institute, with participation by Leadership Victoria.
Where: The Connection, Peter Ross-Edwards Causeway, Shepparton
When: 10.30am to 11.30am, Friday 7 October