Healing Ceremony 2023


Healing land, spirit and people.

The City of Stonnington invites you to a Healing Ceremony with our Traditional Custodians, the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung peoples of the Kulin Nation, to pay respect and acknowledge their living connection to Country, relationship with the land and all living things extending back tens of thousands of years.

Join us for:

  • Welcome to Country, Smoking Ceremony and speech by Wurundjeri Elder, Aunty Diane Kerr.
  • Dance performances by Nhanbu Togip dance troupe and hip-hop artists, Indigenous Outreach Projects.
  • BBQ lunch.

Enjoy a BBQ lunch under the umbrellas or BYO picnic and rug and enjoy the afternoon with us.

The ceremony supports Council’s Reconciliation journey and provides an opportunity for the community to learn about what the day means to Traditional Custodians.

Read more about The City of Stonnington’s rich indigenous history.

The City of Stonnington recognises the valuable contributions made to our community by all people of the East Kulin Nations and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Healing Ceremony follows the Citizenship Ceremony.

In 2023, we are supporting you to enjoy your experience in a sustainable fashion. From your picnic pack-ups and waste disposal to your travel choices.

Getting there

We are proud to promote the Healing Ceremony as an environmentally low-impact event. We encourage attendees to be environmentally conscious when making travel arrangements.

Limited parking is available at Malvern Cricket Ground and in the surrounding streets. As such, we strongly recommend walking, riding, or using public transport. If you choose to drive, please allow plenty of time to find a parking space.

What public transport options are there?

You can plan your public transport journey at PTV Journey Planner.

Malvern Cricket Ground

Tram Route 6 (Moreland to Glen Iris) Stop #44 (Glenferrie Road and High Street).

Tram Route 16 (Melbourne University to Kew) Stop #57. Malvern Cricket Ground is a brief 2-minute walk from here.

Food and beverage

BBQ lunch

Free BBQ available at event.


Packing a picnic? Make sure your hamper’s stocked with reusable cutlery, crockery, straws, and cups straight from your kitchen cupboards.

And don't forget your picnic rugs, cushions, hats, sunscreen, cloth bags, and other sustainable picnic items so you can comfortably enjoy the event.

Water stations

There will be a water bottle refill station at our event, so be sure to bring your reusable water bottle.


This is an alcohol-free event.

Single-use plastics ban

Say no to single-use plastic items and get ahead of the State's plastics ban. Recycle and general waste bins will be available on site.

Find out more about the Victorian Government's Single-use Plastics Ban, how we're taking a lead with our own Plastic Free Policy and how you can replace single-use plastic waste with reusable alternatives at plastic free Stonnington.


This event will be Auslan interpreted.

The event will be held on a flat grassed surface. Note the surface may be affected by heavy rain

Pedestrian gates are located around the Malvern Cricket Ground with a wider entrance and drop off point available from High Street.

Designated Accessible Parking bays are available in the car parks surrounding Malvern Cricket Ground.

Public toilets

Exeloo public toilets are located on the High Street side of the Cricket Ground. These facilities are unisex and accessible.

Public Toilets are also located in the Malvern Town Hall.


  • Thursday, 26 January 2023 | 11:45 AM - 02:00 PM


Malvern Cricket Ground, 1253 High Street, Malvern, 3144, View map

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