THE latest issue of echucamoama magazine is back from the printers and on its way to letterboxes around the twin towns.
The autumn/winter issue has strong Indigenous and musical themes – including a stunning portrait cover of Henry Atkinson, who explains his simple – yet far from easy – solution to bridging the societal gap that still exists in Australia.
echucamoama editor Vivienne Duck said putting the magazine together had been an enlightening experience for everyone involved.
Vivienne said the depth and diversity of the Indigenous community in the twin towns – and its determination to build a significant future made for some amazing interviews.
She said Professor Atkinson remained convinced education would be the key to bringing down the barriers confronting the first Australians and has dedicated his life to lecturing teachers on how to educate Indigenous students and the challenges involved.
“He told us he believed everything starts with education, that poverty and disadvantage in the Indigenous community all stems from a lack of effective education,” Vivienne said.
“And he was just one of the inspiring people interviewed for the feature,” she said.
“Meeting Clayton Murray-Mitchell, who founded the Three Rivers Festival was eye-opening as he explained why his culture is worth protecting and celebrating, along with Dion Brownfield who works hard to give Indigenous youth the chance to shine.
“Finally there are the Walkers – AFL footballer Andrew, now a playing co-coach at Echuca Football Club, Benny, a star in the Australian music industry and their sister Melanie, raising three sons of her own and doing work with groups such as the First Nations Foundation.”
Vivienne said Benny Walker could have appeared twice in this issue, as there is a feature on six local musicians, performing in a range of styles, but all flying the local flag.
She said that was complemented by a spread on six artists and the work they are doing in the vibrant art scene of Echuca-Moama.
“We hope you enjoy reading our magazine as much as we did in collecting, writing and photographing all the people in this issue,” she said.
“And we must not forget the loyal support of the commercial and retail community both sides of the river because without their support we could not produce our award-winning magazine for you.
“By shopping locally and supporting all the businesses in our towns you are ensuring a future for us all and we urge you to keep your dollars in the local economy.”