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The Maggolee website, developed by Reconciliation Victoria, supports engagement and partnerships between local government and Aboriginal communities.



For information about formally Recognised Traditional Owners visit First Peoples - State Relations' interactive map and search the Local Government Area name (e.g. LGA: Ballarat) or a street address. You can also refer to First Peoples - State Relations' 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


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 Owners.

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.

Sorry Day

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.

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(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 It is now out of date.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.


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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific programs
  • Runs Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific youth programs
  • Involves Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in programs
  • Works with local agencies to support Indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people
  • Supports local Indigenous Aboriginal economic development
  • Procures goods and services from Indigenous Aboriginal businesses
  • Undertakes cultural training and advice from Elders in relation to providing culturally safe Council child and family services
  • Is involved in local Aboriginal tourism


275 Upper Heidelberg Rd

Ivanhoe 3079

Tel: 03 9490 4222

Fax: 03 9499 9475




Les Chessells

Aboriginal Social Planner


T: (03) 9490 4222

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