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

Greater Bendigo


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.

DJARRA (trading as Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation)

13-15 Forest Street, Bendigo 3550

Ph: 03 5444 2888

Taungurung Land and Waters Council

Head Office: 37 High Street, Broadford Vic 3658

Phone: (03) 5781 1134 

Bendigo and District Aboriginal Cooperative

Ph: (03) 5442 4947

119 Prouses Road, North Bendigo 3551

Phone: 03 5442 4947

Case Study: Improving Aboriginal Business Procurement in City of Greater Bendigo Council

Procurement and Community Development staff from the City of Greater Bendigo, Loddon Shire Council, and Mount Alexander Council pioneered a regional collaborative project to develop their Aboriginal Procurement strategies. The project aims to help the three councils better understand the barriers that Aboriginal businesses across central Victoria face, and progress their organisational commitments under the Dja Dja Wurrung Recognition and Settlement Agreement (RSA).

Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal consultants from specialist procurement agency ArcBlue were engaged to lead the project and coordinate decision making between councils and Dja Dja Wurrung. The project challenged and improved internal systems and processes, along with attitudes towards Aboriginal businesses, creating meaningful, long-lasting change in the sector. The project has led to greater understanding of how to improve Aboriginal procurement levels and processes across the three councils. It has also led to a stronger commitment to Aboriginal procurement at senior levels of the City of Greater Bendigo, Loddon Shire Council, and Mount Alexander Council.

Source: Victorian Aboriginal and Local Government Strategy 2021-2026, pg. 38

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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 It is now out of date.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.


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


PO Box 733, BENDIGO 3552

Tel: 1300 002 642



Fiona Machin

Inclusive Communities Officer - Reconciliation

Tel: 5434 6459

M: 0448 298 971


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