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Aboriginal Reconciliation

Aboriginal Reconciliation

We are committed to reconciliation with Australia's Aboriginal people, and raising community awareness of our Aboriginal heritage.

Our key actions that support this commitment include:

  • commissioning the creation of the Sorry Space at Council offices
  • commemorating National Sorry Day annually on 26 May
  • funding the Whittlesea Reconciliation Group, a community-based committee, to help the continuing reconciliation process
  • supporting the Reconciliation Awards to recognise those who are making a contribution to reconciliation in our local community
  • formally adopting the Australian Reconciliation Declaration
  • formally adopting the Statement of Commitment to Reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) peoples
  • flying the Aboriginal flag continuously at the Civic Centre
  • prominently displaying Aboriginal artwork in the Council Chamber
  • inviting Wurundjeri elders to conduct welcoming ceremonies at key Council events such as the election of the Mayor and opening of the Community Festival
  • including contributions from Aboriginal residents in our publication, "A Community Portrait: Lifetimes in the City of Whittlesea"
  • involving Aboriginal people in Council art programs including the design of a new mosaic floor by Aboriginal artist, Libby McKinnon, in the foyer of Riverside Community Activity Centre in South Morang, during 2000-2001
  • considering sites/areas of sensitivity, as described in the City's Heritage Study, at development plan stage
  • completing Aboriginal Archaeological Assessments for all development/subdivision sites.