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.
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
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.
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: April 22, 2019 at 3:50 pm