City of Whittlesea votes to explore changes to Australia Day!

February 15, 2019

Progress!  The City of Whittlesea council has agreed to investigate options for hosting a more respectful and inclusive Australia Day including when and how current celebrations are held. 

At a recent City of Whittlesea Council meeting a joint letter from Whittlesea’s Reconciliation Group to Councillors was tabled and successfully passed!  It was a great night for their campaign. 

Council also committed to further consultations with the Aboriginal community.

Many Aboriginal community members, including Whittlesea Reconciliation Group members and supporters attended the meeting wearing the flag colours and were proud that Council did the right thing.  

Whittlesea Reconciliation Group said their work clearly isn’t done, but Council’s vote is a significant step in the right direction and most importantly it’s a step that couldn’t be achieved without the efforts of their members and the broader community.

Included in the letter read out at the Council meeting was the fact that hundreds of people signed up to Whittlesea Reconciliation Group’s campaign newsletter and tens of thousands were reached through social media.

Whittlesea Reconciliation Group thanks everyone who joined the campaign to ask for a more inclusive day.

This vote means that the City of Whittlesea council will now write a report to be presented back to Councillors exploring opportunities for the City of Whittlesea to host a more inclusive Australia day. 

When the report comes back to Council the Whittlesea Reconciliation Group said it will be seeking more support than ever to ensure councillors know this is an issue that so many of us care about. 

Last Updated: March 14, 2019 at 10:58 pm