Melody’s memorable moment as a proud Koori woman


Witnessing history on the steps of Parliment

Melody’s memorable moment

My name is Melody and I’m from Echuca.

I am a proud Koori woman and I’m a Rural Youth Ambassador.

Yesterday, I got to witness something that will not just be a significant part of Victorian history but Australian history.

Me and my fellow Victorian Rural Youth Ambassadors met on the steps of Parliament House where we participated in the smoking ceremony that introduced this monumental day, our first nations people will be acknowledged. We then were hosted by the Minister for Education and Deputy Premier to witness the treaty bill be presented by inspiring First Nations representatives.

How moving back home provided clarity

I went from knowing exactly what I thought I wanted to do after school, then I moved back home and my life completely pivoted, but for the better. Moving back home allowed me to get some breathing space and made me realise you don’t have to have everything figured out right after you leave school. As well as moving to a city at some point, I also want to do some travelling up the east coast.

Rural is how I grew up. It will always have a special place in my heart. I can definitely see myself moving back to a rural place when I grow up.


My advice to young people

It’s okay not to know what you’re going to do with your life after school. Sometimes you have to go back home to take the time to figure out what it is you really want to do.

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