Top citizen Fran ‘honoured and humbled’ to be cast in stone by Bpangerang people

TOP CITIZEN HAND IN HAND WITH BPANGERANG: Fran Doig was yesterday “honoured and humbled” to be recognised by the Bpangerang people.

FRAN Doig’s beaming smile said it all.

The Rural City of Wangaratta’s 2018 Citizen of the Year told more than 100 guests in Apex Park yesterday that she was both ‘honoured and humbled’ to be recognised by the Indigenous community, as she officially unveiled her hand print carved into the Bpangerang people’s ‘Marmungun Rock’.

The civic minded Wangaratta grandmother said she felt deeply privileged to be joining the likes of the the late Sue Bromilow to be acknowledged in such a way.

Sunday morning’s celebration, to help kick-off National Reconciliation Week, symbolised another siginficant milestone of co-operation between the rural city and the Dirrawarra Indigenous Network.

Regional Development Victoria Wodonga-based Aboriginal community de-velopment broker, Darren Moffitt, said this ‘sustain-able’ project had evolved from an initial concept from the late Bpangerang elder Uncle Wally Cooper a decade ago.

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