Karreenga Aboriginal Action Plan - Action 1

Cultural Recognition and Respect.

Focus area: Council acknowledges Wadawurrung Traditional Owners of this land and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of the Greater Geelong community today.

To increase organisational and community cultural awareness.

Actions Responsibility Timeline/current status Priority Budget/resources
1 Establish an ongoing Aboriginal Advisory Committee to Council. This Committee is to provide advice to Council on key Aboriginal issues, support the implementation of the Karreenga Aboriginal Action Plan and maintain a relationship with the Aboriginal communities in the region and key stakeholders such as Geelong One Fire Reconciliation Group. Community Development (CDU) Short term High Officer time within existing budget
2 Support and promote within the Aboriginal community assistance in completing grant application forms and look at ways to gain financial assistance to help run Aboriginal programs / events (including sporting and arts) and performances. Arts and Culture (ACD)
Leisure Services (LES)
Community Development (CDU)
Short and medium term then as required Medium Within existing budget
3 Hold regular meetings with Elders, Senior Officers and Councillors to share information, update on policies, legislation and related issues. This can also include providing information about Council election processes. Council (COGG)
Community Development (CDU)
Short term High Within existing budget
4 Develop a Council policy for Aboriginal Cultural Respect which includes Welcome to Country. Community Development (CDU)
Marketing and Administration Services (CMU)
Short term High Within existing budget
5 Share the agreed wording for Acknowledgement to Country by Councillors and Council staff at official Council events. Council / whole of Council (COGG) Short term High Within existing budget
6 Consider preparing a Treaty / Agreement. Council (COGG)
Community Development (CDU)
Medium term Medium Within existing budget
7 Consult with Aboriginal communities to add Welcome to Country on existing City of Greater Geelong boundary signs at key entrance locations. Community Development (CDU)
Marketing and Administration Services (CMU)
Short term High Budget required
8 Develop a policy for flying the Aboriginal flag. Support the flying of Aboriginal flags on Council buildings. Council (COGG) Community Development (CDU) 24 September 2013 Complete Within existing budget
9 Promote and support Reconciliation Week, National “Sorry Day” and NAIDOC week celebrations in the city. Community Development (CDU) Ongoing Medium Budget required
10 Provide Aboriginal cultural awareness training to all new and existing employees and Councillors to the City of Greater Geelong. Training must have a clear purpose. Organisational Development (ODU) Short and medium term High Budget required
11 Support a Reconciliation Week Award that recognises the achievements of cross-community partnerships including contribution of local Aboriginal people. Seek advice and input from the Aboriginal community in selecting award winners. Community Development (CDU) Short and medium term Medium Budget required
12 Advocate on behalf of Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) to prepare an educational kit / cultural bag for use in local schools. Community Development (CDU) Long term Low Within existing budget
13 Ensure that there is an integration of responses around activities associated with Aboriginal Affairs. Community Development (CDU) Whole of Council (COGG) Short and medium term Medium Within existing budget


Key for abbreviations

ACD Arts and Culture Department GME Geelong Major Events
ADU Aged and Disability Unit LES Leisure Services
CDU Community Development Unit MCO Mayor and Councillors Office
CGM Central Geelong Marketing ODU Organisation Development Unit
CMU Communication and Marketing Unit PS Property Services
COGG  City of Greater Geelong – Relevant Departments PSS Parks and Support Services
CS Corporate Strategy TGGB  Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine
EDU Economic Development Unit YSU Youth Services Unit
FSU Family Services Unit    





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