Greater Bendigo

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.

Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation
1/70 Powells Avenue, Bendigo 3552
Ph: 03 5444 2888

Taungurung Land and Waters Council (Aboriginal Corporation)
13 Bourke Street, Kilmore Vic 3764 
Phone: (03) 5781 1134 

Bendigo and District Aboriginal Cooperative
Ph: (03) 5442 4947
119 Prouses Road, North Bendigo 3551
Phone: 03 5442 4947

Local Aboriginal Network (LAN) Broker | Loddon Mallee

Krystal Henderson | 03 5833 5238 | 

Greater Bendigo Aboriginal Community Profile (includes Aboriginal organisations)

Please note that the information contained within the Aboriginal Community Profile was gathered in 2014. It is now out of date. A refresh of this data is currently being undertaken and the updated results will be available soon. 


Nara Dreaming Exhibition, National Reconciliation Week 2014

Key Documents / Links


Case study: Djandak sub-consulting to Greater Bendigo City Council

Djandak, the commercial operation wholly owned by of Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, has recently partnered with the City of Greater Bendigo to provide sub-contracting services to undertake roadside vegetation assessment works and environmental services across the shire. The City hosts a Djandak employee within the Sustainable Environment Unit of the City, providing two-way information exchange and linkages across both organisations building capacities and establishing a basis for long term partnership.

In another initiative, the City contracted Djandak to consult on the development of the new Environment Strategy, providing important insight from Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurung Traditional Owners on aspects of sustainability and liveability for the long term benefit local communities. The council found this input was invaluable in demonstrating the need for all people to connect to their natural world around them (Country) for improved wellbeing and environmental outcomes. These initiatives are of importance to creating employment and economic opportunities for the Traditional Owners and to maintain their continuing connection with Country.

NAIDOC Smoking Ceremony. LtoR: Craig Niemann, Trent Nelson & Cr. Rod Fyffe

Good Practice

The City of Greater Bendigo reported the following good practices in their response to the 2012 Victorian Local Government Aboriginal Engagement and Reconciliation Survey and subsequent updates.

  • Flies the Aboriginal flag permanently
  • Flies Torres Strait flag permanently
  • Engages with Traditional Owners
  • Acknowledges Country
  • Uses Aboriginal language to name projects or places
  • Provides local government candidate information to Aboriginal people
  • Engages with local Aboriginal organisations
  • Engages with Local Aboriginal Networks
  • Engages with the Local Reconciliation Group
  • Employs Aboriginal staff
  • Employs an Aboriginal Liaison Officer or similar  
  • Provides cross cultural awareness training to staff and/or Councilors
  • Has an Aboriginal Action Plan or similar
  • Provides support for Aboriginal arts and culture
  • Supports or organises events that celebrate Aboriginal culture
  • Has worked with RAP to protect local significant sites.
  • Has worked with RAP to build greater community awareness.
  • Involves Aboriginal young people in programs
  • Provides Aboriginal specific maternal and child health responses
  • Works with local agencies to support Aboriginal young people
  • Procures goods and services from Aboriginal businesses

Last Updated: August 25, 2020 at 2:25 pm


Greater Bendigo

Greater Bendigo


195 Lyttleton Terrace, BENDIGO 3550
PO Box 733, BENDIGO 3552
Tel: 03 5434 6000
Fax: 03 5434 6200



Fiona Machin
Inclusive Communities Officer
Tel: 5434 6459
M: 0448 298 971



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