Council and Mungabareena support the Millewah Suns

25 September 2015

AlburyCity and Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation have teamed up to take 45 local indigenous young people to a statewide junior football and netball carnival this month.

An under-17 football side and two netball sides (under-12 and under-15) known as the Millewah Suns will compete at the VACSAL Junior Football Netball Carnival in Ballarat on 23-25 September. VACSAL is the Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Ltd.

Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation are the major financial sponsor for the teams and a group of local indigenous community leaders will attend to supervise and mentor the players.

AlburyCity has provided support through Aboriginal Community Development Officer John Murray, who was responsible for the recruitment of players, sponsorship and team co-ordination.

AlburyCity Mayor Kevin Mack said this would be a great opportunity for the Millewah Suns footballers and netballers to test their skills, experience a different regional city and to take part in workshops about healthy living.

"Every young person needs support and good role models," Cr Mack said.

"To see the local indigenous community, Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation and Council work together to get behind the Millewah Suns is just wonderful because this will be an incredibly valuable life experience."

Mr Murray said it would be the second year that the under-17 boys will compete in this carnival, which is a platform for promoting healthy lifestyles and inclusion.

"The Millewah Suns have had senior football and netball teams for some years now and it's great to be able to provide opportunities for our future stars," he said.

Mungabareena Community Services and program co-ordinator Rhonda French said: "The footballers and netballers have been working really hard and they're taking great pride in representing their community and our whole region.

"Mungabareena is dedicated to creating a healthy and proud community, we're all about tackling smoking and encouraging people to live healthy lifestyles and sport is a great way to share that message with young people," she said.