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EVOLVE series successfully launched

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A proud moment for RPP FM presenter of Navigating Change radio program Sina Summers, came to fruition at the EVOLVE Series launch recently held at the Dromana Bay Life Saving Club.

The EVOLVE series program, called EVOLVE Stories from Boon Wurrung Country on the Mornington Peninsula contains a truly inspiring collection of stories from the past to the present. It’s a storyboard of rich information through the old art of storytelling of Indigenous history from the Peninsula and will be broadcast on radio on RPP FM for the first time ever.

The 6-week series features 12 interviews on topics such as tradition, lifestyle, language, wartime stories and stories of triumph and transformation.

It took approximately 8 months to produce this unique documentary series that will be broadcast locally then nationally throughout Australia.

This is a great opportunity to share these valuable stories with a wider audience.

Special guests at the launch included Boon Wurrung elder Carolyn Briggs who gave a traditional ‘Welcome to Country’.

Sina, a Social Scientist and Excutive Producer of the EVOLVE series addressed a crowd of approximately 60 people from the community and various organisations over the Mornington Peninsula who were keen to hear about this educational program series.

She spoke about the topics contained within the EVOLVE series and shared some insights she gained throughout the 8 months it took for her to produce the series. Sina then acknowledged and thanked each of the 12 people who took part in the storytelling interviews.

“Hearing about the history of the Boon Wurrung people, I realised that I was learning about the history of Australia. As I listened to everyone’s stories, my understanding of indigenous culture became clearer. Hearing these stories from an indigenous perspective is what makes this a stand out account of life here on the Mornington Peninsula from the past to the present. When I explore this beautiful part of Victoria now, I see everything differently,” she added.

Mornington Peninsula Mayor Cr Antonella Celi officially launched the EVOLVE radio series with a speech of congratulations and Lionel Lauch (related to Archie Roach) played the Didgeredoo.

The Launch was successfully received with everyone enjoying a delicious afternoon tea, gathering for a chat afterwards.

Did you know that Port Phillip Bay we recognize today as a vast area of ocean was once fertile plains?  It was land where indigenous communities used to roam and hunt.

Learn all this and more by joining Sina Summers on her incredible journey every Friday on RPP FM 98.7FM & 98.3FM Frankston just after the news at 12 noon.

Series 1 starts Friday 26th September 2014 and will run for 6 weeks.

Pictured L-R: RPP Producer & presenter – Sina Summers, Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Cr Antonella Celi, Boon Wurrung elder Carolyn Briggs and Team Leader of the Aboriginal Support & Development Dept of the Mornington Peninsula Shire, Glenys Watts

Compiled by Debra Mar

Photography Rab Siddhi