On Thursday 6th May, we celebrated the commencement of works at our Puckapunyal Armoured Fighting Vehicle Facilities Program project with a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony.
St Hilliers acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, those of the Taungurung People at which the Puckapunyal Military Area is located.
The ceremony was led by local Taungarung Elder, Uncle Shane Monk who cleansed the property, bathed our people in eucalyptus smoke to ward off bad spirits and welcomed us onto the traditional land to begin works.
In attendance were Mitchell Shire Mayor Cr Rhonda Sanderson, LT Colonel Michael Woods Project Director from CFI, Defence personnel, the PMCA, Jacobs, our own Dan Hinton (CEO) and the project team.
We are so blessed to be part of this spiritual tradition!