Ngarrapna Indigenous Education Unit

La Trobe University Shepparton campus will launch the new Ngarrapna Indigenous Education Unit Tuesday 6 December.

Aboriginal FlagThe word Ngarrapna means “Place of Knowledge” in the local aboriginal language of the Yorta Yorta and Bangerang people of the region, says Michael Chisholm, Indigenous Student Services Officer at the Shepparton campus.

‘The Ngarrapna Indigenous Education Unit will provide a dedicated centre for Indigenous people of the Goulburn Valley with a purpose to continue growing the learning opportunities for indigenous people,’ Mr Chisholm says.

The launch will be the beginning of an important step for the campus as there will now be a place for Indigenous Students to meet and gather and share their university experiences.

‘We expect that it will raise the profile of Indigenous Education at a community level, leading to increased participation of Indigenous people within La Trobe University and the Shepparton campus.’

‘The Ngarrapna Unit will also become a useful resource for both Indigenous and non Indigenous students of the campus in terms of indigenous knowledge and it will have a distinct profile within the local community of the Shepparton Region,’ Mr Chisholm says. 

During the launch, there will be a traditional welcome to country from a local aboriginal elder as well as a performance from the Dhungala Dance group who will perform a traditional storytelling dance. 

To coincide with the launch the Ngarrapna Indigenous Education Unit will also unveil their logo which is an artwork designed by renowned aboriginal artist Clive Atkinson. 

The logo conveys a unique message taken from elements of traditional aboriginal art which has many meanings, one of these meanings in this case is the relationship to Education where knowledge begins small and grows in maturity becoming “The Circle of Learning”.

Media Opportunity

What: Launch of new Ngarrapna Indigenous Education Unit

Venue: La Trobe University Shepparton campus located at 210 Fryers Street, Shepparton.

When: Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 5.30pm

Contact: Michael Chisholm T:
03 5820 8629 E: 

For more information or to arrange an interview please contact

Meghan Lodwick

La Trobe University Communications Officer
T:  03 9479 5353 M:  0418 495 941 E: