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.
Council acknowledges the Wathaurong, Woiwurrung and Boonwurrung peoples of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands on which Wyndham City is being built.
Key Aboriginal organisations
99 Mair Street East, Ballarat VIC 3353
Ph: 03 4308 0420
75-79 Watton Street
Ph: 03 9742 8300
See the Wyndham Child & Family Directory for more information.
Wayapa Wuurrk Aboriginal Wellness Foundation cultural mentoring programs
P: 0488 767 761 or 0411 712 948
Local Aboriginal Network (LAN) Broker | North West Metro
Debbie Evans | 03 8392 5336 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Key Documents / Links
Wyndham City Council is working with Aboriginal communities to develop a future community centre. The project is supported by the Victorian government to deliver a place-based initiative which will celebrate Aboriginal culture. The Wyndham Aboriginal Community Centre will be a culturally safe place for strengthening community and improving coordination and connection of services and programs for Aboriginal people living in Wyndham. Construction began in 2017. The centre is to be co-located with a new family and community centre in the suburb of Wyndham Vale.
An interim site has been established at Victoria University Werribee campus so programs and activities can begin immediately. The project has received direct support through the Department of Health and Human Services Koolin Balit initiative for a designated Aboriginal project officer who is hosted within council and who supports the Wyndham Aboriginal Community Centre Committee (WACCC). In addition, DELWP has provided $1.5million in funding through the Growing Suburbs Fund towards construction, with the expected opening in 2019.
Early Education and Care Services
All Wyndham City Council Kindergartens participate in the Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning program. In 2017, Wyndham Kindergartens were winners of a Victorian Early Years Award for “Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program and Practice at Scale, Wyndham City Council and partners.” Each year, all kindergarten children participate in A Walk on Country program that celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture at the You Yangs and Point Cook Coastal National Parks. Unique to Wyndham, this program relies on relationships and participation with senior local Aboriginal community members and traditional custodians of the Kulin Nations. This well-loved and anticipated annual program engages where children and their families to learn about and value First Nations peoples, their cultures and beliefs, through play and culturally specific activities.
The Wyndham City 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 in Council Chambers and above the Town Hall
- Engages with Traditional Owners
- Uses Aboriginal language to name projects or places
- Engages with local Aboriginal organisations
- Engages with Local Indigenous Networks
- Engages with the Local Reconciliation Group
- Displays Aboriginal artworks in Council premises and in public places
- Supports local Aboriginal artists or performers
- Has a documented Aboriginal history of the municipality
- Has facilitated use of Aboriginal language to name sites.
- Nominates Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people for non-Council awards
- Includes Aboriginal content in whole of community events
- Organises Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Festivals, NAIDOC activities and Reconciliation Week activities
- Has worked with a RAP to protect local significant sites.
- Library has Aboriginal specific programs
- Procures goods and services from Aboriginal businesses
Last Updated: January 24, 2020 at 4:55 pm