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

Surf Coast Shire


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.

Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation

86 Mercer St, Geelong VIC 3320 – Ph: (03) 5222 5889

3/110 Creswick Rd, Ballarat VIC 3350 - Ph: (03) 4318 6333

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

Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation

PO Box 546 Warrnambool VIC 3280


Ph: 0427 271 937

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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 It is now out of date.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 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 Shire Offices
  • Engages with Traditional Owners
  • Acknowledges Country
  • Arranges Welcome to Country
  • Uses Aboriginal language to name projects or places
  • Engages with local Aboriginal organisations
  • 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 events and activities for Reconciliation Week, NAIDOC Week and other dates.
  • Has facilitated the use of Aboriginal language to name sites
  • Supports or organises events that celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures
  • Has worked with RAPs to protect local significant sites.
  • Has worked with RAPs to build greater community awareness.
  • Library has First Nations specific programs
  • Procures goods and services from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses
  • Engages with Local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Networks


1 Merrijig Drive, TORQUAY 3228

PO Box 350, TORQUAY 3228

Tel:03 5261 0600

Fax: 03 5261 0525


Rochelle Smith

First Nations Engagement Advisor

Tel: 0417 166 383


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