ECLC was thrilled to have over 170 guests and staff at its #ECLCVPD2023 dinner last night. It was an amazing night that began with a beautiful Welcome to Country by Aunty Zeta Thomson, a moving musical storytelling performance by world-renowned Larrakia artist Ash Dargan; Keynote address by Gunditjmara man Rueben Berg, who all inspired & educated the ECLC community of the importance of listening to and supporting #FirstNations leaders and communities.


There was certainly a buzz of electricity in the air as Centre staff mingled with partners, volunteers and more after 4 years of not being able to meet together. A huge congratulations to ECLC’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Dilnaz Billimoria, who has been a massive supporter of the Centre’s work across the years. Congratulations also to the Centre’s 4 amazing volunteer lawyers who were presented with Certificates of Recognition for achieving 5 years of service with ECLC. Congratulations to Pamela McNulty, Mark Tomisch , Briana Jackman & Brendan McCarthy . The Centre is so grateful for your support and service to the community.
Special thanks to Dr Carina Garland MP (Federal Member for Chisolm), Paul Hamer MP - State Member for Box Hill, Daniela Di Martino (Member for Monbulk), John Mullahy (Member for Glen Waverley), Aunty Janet Turpie-Johnstone, Chair, Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Services for joining us. Thanks also to Bwe Thay, Deputy Chairperson, Victorian Multicultural Commission, Bill Papastergiadis OAM, Victorian Multicultural Commissioner, Cr. Anna Chen, Manningham Council City Council, Cr Tina Lui, Whitehorse City Council and all our amazing partners, guests, volunteers, staff and friends.
A massive shout out to artist, Simone Thomson who also attended and provided permission for us to use ‘Bunjil’s Wings’ artwork – which was featured in all event branding.
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In case you missed it, you can watch highlight videos from the ECLC VPD 2023 here:

New ECLC Profile Video

The Centre was also thrilled to launch its new profile video at the Volunteer and Partnerships Dinner. The video highlights key areas of the Centre’s work and features ECLC leaders. In case you missed it, check out ECLC’s new video and explore the many ways you can get involved too.




Eastern Community Legal Centre acknowledges the generous contribution and support from event sponsors Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and Robinson Gill Lawyers. Sponsorship allows the Centre to subsidise the cost of tickets to the dinner. No profit is made by Eastern Community Legal Centre.


‘BUNJIL’S WINGS’ Simone Thomson, Wurundjeri / Yorta-Yorta artist

ECLC is so privileged to have collaborated with Simone Thomson, Wurundjeri / Yorta-Yorta Artist in creating the Bunjil’s Wings artwork. Read more about this stunning artwork below:
“Bunjil’s Wings”

In the time of Creation, Bunjil the Wedgetail Eagle flew across Country staring down to all that he created – his rivers, his mountains, his valleys and bushland. His great wings spanned far and wide protecting his people and creation.

Just as Bunjil’s wings spreads across Country with a protective presence, Eastern Community Legal Centre imparts a shield of security to its broad reach of community symbolised by the plumage of Bunjil’s wings – the outer feathered curves.

This broad reach of people is depicted inwards by the centric yellow mounds characterising the diverse communities ECLC represents. The rivers, mountains, valleys and bushland encompassing these communities are signified by the line work that tapers inwards.

The Eastern Community Legal Centre family are represented by the inner yellow ‘U’ shapes gathered around the central Meeting Place that is ECLC, they are enfolded by Bunjil’s mighty wings.

Simone Thomson
Wurundjeri / Yorta-Yorta



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