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Celebrating Aboriginal health – VACCHO to launch anniversary mural

11 April 2016

This Friday the Collingwood-based Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) is celebrating 20 years. A special collaborative mural project will be launched, along with a time capsule, highlighting important Aboriginal health goals for 2030.

VACCHO is the peak representative body for Aboriginal health in Victoria. This special anniversary mural project (spanning the building’s façade) has been designed and created by three aboriginal artists – Ray Thomas, Kulan Barney and Ruby Kulla Kulla – alongside international street artist, Adnate.

The mural is an important cultural footprint on the landscape of Collingwood and Fitzroy – representing Aboriginal families and the rich diversity and vibrancy of Victorian Aboriginal cultures.

VACCHO will also place the time capsule within the walls of its Collingwood building.  The capsule contains community-provided answers to the question, ‘What do you want for Aboriginal families and children in 2030?’

Marcus Clarke, VACCHO Chairperson says “We sincerely hope that the time capsule, when it is opened in 2030, will be a true reflection on positive and progressive changes in the political environment and the lives of our mob.”

The anniversary is a timely event, linked closely with the Victorian Governments’ strategic direction on Aboriginal self-determination and Treaty.

The public is encouraged visit and enjoy the exterior of the anniversary mural project, and to follow the project through the hashtag #VACCHO20years. The mural is located at 17–23 Sackville Street, Collingwood

For more information visit VACCHO online, or email

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