Aboriginal people have lived in this region for more than 40,000 years.
The local Aboriginal group were known as Wadawurrung, a powerful and populous tribe that included at least 25 small family clans. They are one of the five peoples of the Kulin Nation.
We have been formally committed to reconciliation and partnership with the local Aboriginal community since 1997.
In 2008 the Mayor and Councillors endorsed the apology made to the stolen generations by the Prime Minister, the Hon Kevin Rudd MP on 13 February 2008.
Our Indigenous Statement of Recognition and Commitment was reviewed following the Federal Government’s apology, and adopted by Council in June 2009.
During National Reconciliation Week 2014 Council adopted the Karreenga Aboriginal Action Plan and signed a Statement of Intent with representatives from the Wathaurong and Wathaurung communities.
Council begins its meetings with an Acknowledgement to Country.
Our work with Indigenous communities is both symbolic and practical. From the permanent flying of the Aboriginal flag at the Waterfront and City Hall through to programs to address gaps and improve opportunities for Aboriginal people.