Aboriginal Partnerships

Yorta Yorta

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Providing fun and interactive school holiday programs for the youth of Echuca and Cummeragunja every July school holidays.

Situated within the Yorta Yorta nation along the Southern banks of the Murray River, Cummeragunja is an old aboriginal reserve, where the historic ‘Cummeragunja walk-off’ occurred.

“We see the long-term relationships we have built with Indigenous communities as a reciprocal exchange: our volunteers have opportunities to learn from and engage with aboriginal people and have enriching experiences, and we are able to give back to the communities by investing in projects based on community consultation with elders”.
– Gary Samowitz, CEO Stand Up

Stand Up has been building a relationship with the Yorta Yorta nation since 2012.  Working alongside elders in the community, we have been focusing our energy on running school holiday programs in Cummeragunja and Echuca. Stand Up’s volunteers have the opportunity to establish rapport with the kids of these communities, create and implement fun activities, take part in community NAIDOC celebrations, and broaden their knowledge of Indigenous Australia.

What: 4-5 day camp
Where: Cummeragunja (3.5 hours north of Melbourne), NSW and  Echuca, VIC
When: July school holidays.


The Yorta Yorta people share a long association with the Jewish community in Melbourne. Arnold Bloch Leibler represented the elders in several land rights claims.

William Cooper was a Yorta Yorta man who was born and bred in Cummeragunja and he is actually buried there. On 6 December 1938, several weeks after Kristallnacht in Germany, Cooper led a delegation of the Australian Aboriginal League to the German Consulate in Melbourne to deliver a petition which condemned the “cruel persecution of the Jewish people by the Nazi government of Germany.”

Stand Up is proud to be running holiday programs with the great grand children of the inspirational Mr Cooper, a man who stood up for human rights for Jews at a time when his own people were not recognized as citizens in their own land and had virtually no rights.

For enquiries please contact Gary Samowitz


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