Emma Bamblett Wemba Wemba art work

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

Aboriginal peoples of the Kulin Nations are the Traditional Custodians of the lands now named City of Greater Dandenong. 

Those who live, work and contribute to the municipality walk in the footsteps of the Bunurong/Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Peoples, and are enriched by Australia's First Peoples experiences, cultures, histories and knowledge. 

The City of Greater Dandenong is committed to:

  • Respecting Aboriginal sites, objects, places and traditions
  • Consulting with the Traditional Owners on matters which may impact on those sites, objects, places and traditions
  • Assisting with the education of the broader community about Aboriginal heritage and culture of the municipality and region

Reconciliation Action Plan 2017-19 

(Approved for extension to June 2020 by Reconciliation Australia) 

The City of Greater Dandenong respectfully acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the First Australians and the Traditional Owners of the land and continues to acknowledge and respect their continuing connection to culture and country. 

Council has prepared a Reconciliation Action Plan that promotes reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the municipality.

The Plan aims to work in partnership with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities to improve the health and wellbeing, educational and employment outcomes of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities, as well as promote social inclusion and engagement within the City of Greater Dandenong.

The Reconciliation Action Plan has been developed in consultation with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities and has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia.

Reconciliation Action Plan December 2017 - December 2019

Statement of Commitment

In July 1995, the City of Greater Dandenong signed a Statement of Commitment acknowledging the Aboriginal people as the first people of this land.

The statement committed Council to working with the community on a range of issues to increase the awareness of the wider community and to work for the elimination of racism and discrimination.

The City of Greater Dandenong has always been and will continue to be proactive in Aboriginal issues and is proud to be seen as a leader in this field.

Greater Dandenong's Commitment to Aboriginal Australians 1995 - 115KB 

Statement of Acknowledgement

"The City of Greater Dandenong respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of this land, their spirits and ancestors."

Council encourages you to use this statement of acknowledgement whenever your organisation meets, at functions or at celebrations. The City of Greater Dandenong can be replaced by the name of your organisation. The statement is to be read at the start of the function.

Inter Council Aboriginal Consultative Committee 

The Inter Council Aboriginal Consultative Committee (ICACC) is a partnership between the local Aboriginal community and Local Government. Their aim is to support Aboriginal development and raise Community awareness.

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