Karreenga Aboriginal Action Plan - Messages

Messages from Councillor Darryn Lyons, Mayor of the City of Greater Geelong and Councillor Eddy Kontelj, Aboriginal Affairs.

Councillor Darryn Lyons - Mayor

The Karreenga Aboriginal Action Plan articulates the steps towards developing partnerships between Aboriginal and non Aboriginal Australians in the City of Greater Geelong.

To us, reconciliation is about building relationships with respect and commitment, as well as creating opportunities.

This Karreenga Aboriginal Action Plan will strengthen the way we conduct business. Within the City we want to shape an attitude and approach that will improve services, opportunities and understanding.

In this context the plan addresses:

  • cultural recognition and respect

  • Aboriginal cultural heritage awareness

  • development in arts and culture

  • family and community support, and

  • employment opportunities.

We have developed the plan in consultation with Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative, Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation, Narana Creations and Aboriginal people. We have also engaged with the Geelong One Fire Reconciliation Group, interested community groups and educational/service providers in the region.

Confirming and clarifying the City’s role in local Aboriginal affairs, the plan complements current State and Federal Government policy in relation to forming partnerships with local Aboriginal communities.

A big thank-you to all those who have worked closely in developing the Karreenga Aboriginal Action Plan.

Thanks to all my fellow Councillors, members of the external working group and officers for their efforts.

Together, we will implement this plan and make a difference.

Councillor Darryn Lyons - Mayor


Councillor Eddy Kontelj - Aboriginal Affairs

I am extremely proud as the Aboriginal Affairs Portfolio Holder to present the inaugural Karreenga Aboriginal Action Plan (2014-2017). This is the City’s guiding policy document on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues developed in consultation with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of the area, the Geelong One Fire Reconciliation group, and the broader community. The plan seeks to realise the City’s vision for strengthening our relationship and developing partnerships with the Aboriginal community. It is also intended to provide the City a framework to help guide and direct us into the future.

The Greater Geelong City Council has demonstrated a formal commitment to the process of reconciliation through partnerships with the local Aboriginal community since 1997, and through the adopted 2009 Statement of Recognition and Commitment. The Karreenga Aboriginal Action Plan builds on this legacy.

We are committed to delivering the Karreenga Aboriginal Action Plan and working with Aboriginal communities and other stakeholders towards reconciliation.

To us, reconciliation is about respect, relationships, commitment and creating opportunities.

The City of Greater Geelong respectfully acknowledges Wadawurrung Traditional Owners of this land and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of the Greater Geelong community.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have the oldest continuing cultures in the world.

Their cultures are rich and diverse cultures, which benefit all of us.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities have overcome great hardships, however, they continue to prosper. We celebrate the exploits and achievements of the First Nations people in the community, on the sporting field, on the land, in business, in the boardroom, in the classroom, and in the political arena.

We wish for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents of Greater Geelong to feel accepted in a culturally safe environment.

The Karreenga Aboriginal Action Plan will focus on genuine relationships, respecting the special contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to Australia, and working together to ensure the same life opportunities as all Australians.

The Karreenga Aboriginal Action Plan 2014- 2017 provides the City of Greater Geelong with an opportunity to work for true reconciliation.

To all the individuals, communities, organisations and all the beautiful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who contributed to this Aboriginal Action Plan, I pass on my sincere appreciation and thanks for your valued dedication, contribution and passion.

Together we are demonstrating leadership and making reconciliation a reality.

Councillor Eddy Kontelj - Aboriginal Affairs





Page last updated: Tuesday, 2 April 2019

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