On Friday 26 January, GeelongPort supported the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation’s powerful Pilk Purriyn event in Torquay, where more than 2,500 people gathered at sunrise.
Pilk Purriyn means “sunrise” in Wadawurrung language, and the event was held at Cosy Corner Beach at 5.30am to symbolise the dawning of a new era of understanding and reconciliation between all people.
The event was a unique opportunity for First Nations and non-First Nations people to gather and acknowledge the history of our nation.
Elders shared stories of the struggles they and their families have faced due to the impacts of colonisation, and the event recognised the proud survival and resilience of First Nations people, and preservation of culture, which has endured for tens of thousands of years.
GeelongPort has a strong partnership with the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation and is proud to have been a part of such a powerful event.