Surf Coast

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.

Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation
86 Mercer St, Geelong VIC 3320 – Ph: 5222 5889
99 Mair St East, Ballarat VIC 3350 – Ph: 4308 0420
Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative
62 Morgan Street, North Geelong VIC 3215
PO Box 402 North Geelong VIC 3216
Ph: (03) 5277 0044

Surf Coast 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 It is now out of date.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. 

Key Documents / Links

Acknowledging and Celebrating Aboriginal Heritage in the Surf Coast Shire


Uncle Bryon Powell, smoking ceremony, Rose Hodge, Mayor, Torquay

Uncle Bryon Powell, smoking ceremony, Rose Hodge, Mayor, Torquay Photo: Peter Marshall

In 2015, the Surf Coast Shire, together with funding from Victorian Government’s Regional Growth Fund, completed the Spring Creek Critical Links Project. It features upgraded facilities including interpretative signage that celebrates local indigenous culture, biodiversity, flora and fauna, ecological processes, the water cycle and season.

Uncle Bryon Powell, pathway, between, Great Ocean Road, Spring Valley Park

Photo: Peter Marshall

Good Practice

The Surf Coast Shire Council 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 the Torres Strait Islander flag on special occasions above the Town Hall
  • Engages with Traditional Owners
  • Acknowledges Country
  • Arranges Welcome to 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 Indigenous Networks
  • Provides cross cultural awareness training for staff and/or Councillors
  • Includes Aboriginal specific commitments in Council Strategic documents
  • Provides support for Aboriginal art and culture
  • Organises Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Festivals and NAIDOC activities
  • Has facilitated the use of Aboriginal language to name sites
  • 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.
  • Library has Aboriginal specific programs
  • Procures goods and services from Aboriginal businesses

Last Updated: April 9, 2021 at 1:25 pm


Surf Coast

surf coast


1 Merrijig Drive, TORQUAY 3228
PO Box 350, TORQUAY 3228
Tel:03 5261 0600
Fax: 03 5261 0525



Damian Waight
Manager Community Relations
Tel:03 5261 0540


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