Key Aboriginal Organisations
For information about formally Recognised Traditional Owners visit Aboriginal Victoria’s interactive map and search the Local Government Area name [e.g. LGA: Ballarat] or a street address. You can also refer to Aboriginal Victoria’s Welcomes and Acknowledgements Protocol.
Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation
Level 1, Providence Building, Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford
Phone: (03) 9416 2905
Key Documents / Links
Banyule City Council Heartland of the Wurundjeri Willam
Banyule City Council Statement of Commitment to Indigenous Australians
City of Banyule reported the following good practices in their response to the 2012 Victorian Local Government Aboriginal Engagement and Reconciliation Survey and subsequent updates.
- Flies both flags permanently and on special occasions above the Town Hall
- Engages with Traditional Owners
- Acknowledges Country
- Uses Aboriginal language to name projects or places
- Has an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee
- Engages with local Aboriginal organisations
- Engages with Reconciliation Banyule – Local Reconciliation Group
- Encourages employment of Aboriginal people
- Provides cross cultural awareness training to staff and/or Councillors
- Includes Indigenous specific commitments in Council strategic documents
- Has an Aboriginal Action Plan
- Draft Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in progress
- Has an Aboriginal engagement/consultation policy
- Provides Indigenous specific funding
- Provides support for Aboriginal arts and culture
- Has a documented Aboriginal history of the municipality
- Has facilitated use of Aboriginal language to name sites
- Supports or organises events that celebrate Aboriginal culture
- Has worked with Registered Aboriginal Party to protect local significant sites
- Has worked with Registered Aboriginal Party to build greater community awareness
- Library has Indigenous specific programs
- Runs Indigenous specific youth programs
- Involves Indigenous young people in programs
- Works with local agencies to support Indigenous young people
- Supports local Indigenous economic development
- Procures goods and services from Indigenous businesses
- Undertakes cultural training and advice from Elders in relation to providing culturally safe Council child and family services
- Is involved in local Indigenous tourism
Banyule City Council held a Treaty Forum at Watsonia Library on Wednesday 29 May 2019 to bring residents together for a conversation about Treaty advancement developments between the State Government and Victorian Traditional Owner.
The event was attended by more than 120 people and was a collaboration between radio 3KND, Darebin City Council, Banyule City Council and Reconciliation Victoria.
Watch video here.
Banyule City Council commemorated and acknowledged Sorry Day on Friday 24 May 2019 with a gathering of 150 staff, community members and school children.
The event was aimed at recognising the importance of Sorry Day and the need for our communities to acknowledge the sad and painful history of the Stolen Generations. Their resilience, our collective need for healing and the power of saying sorry.
The sounds of the yidaki (didgeridoo) were ever present and Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Dave Wandin delivered a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony.
After the ceremony the community had the opportunity to write messages of support to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander communities of Australia on ‘leaves’ to attach to a stunning wooden artwork tree (picture below) created by Robert Young a local Aboriginal artist.
Watch video here.
Last Updated: January 24, 2020 at 1:23 pm