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A State Funeral Service to honour the revered life of Dja Dja Wurrung and Yorta Yorta Elder Aunty Fay Carter OAM will be held at 10 am on Wednesday, 12 June at the Ulumbarra Theatre in Bendigo. 

The State Funeral Service will be an opportunity for Victorians to pay tribute to Aunty Fay’s legacy and contribution to the state, community and Country. 

Aunty Fay was a tireless advocate and a revolutionary leader who was fiercely devoted to improving the lives and outcomes for Victoria’s Aboriginal community. 

She was a sought-after advisor across government and community and introduced landmark reforms for a range of aged care, childcare and health agencies, including founding several key services welfare programs and services. 

Aunty Fay has left a legacy that will forever be remembered.  

Doors to the venue will open at 9:15 am before the Service commences at 10:00 am. 

The funeral will be open to the public and will be live streamed online for those unable to attend. 

The Service is free and ticket registrations are not required to attend in person, but capacity is line with the seating available in Ulumbarra Theatre.

At the request of the Carter family and in lieu of flowers, tributes may be made in the form of a contribution to Aboriginal Community Elders Services. To donate, please visit

Further details about the service, including how to attend and view the livestream can be found at

The Venue: Ulumbarra Theatre


Meaning ‘gather together’ or ‘meeting place’ in the language of the local Dja Dja Wurrung people, Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre rises majestically from what was once the Sandhurst Gaol.

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