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History of achievements to date

History of achievements to date

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

A brief overview of Council’s key actions  supporting reconciliation;

2001      Council establishes the Whittlesea Reconciliation Group.

2002      Council adopts an inaugural Indigenous Reconciliation Policy.

2005      Koori Christmas BBQ established.

2007      Reconciliation Dinner and National Sorry Day events established.

2007      Aboriginal Liaison Officer Position is established

2009      Aboriginal Project Officer for Bubup Wilam is established as a fixed-term position.

2010      Youth Services Officer (Aboriginal portfolio) is established as a full-time permanent position.

2010      The first Aboriginal community-controlled organisation in Whittlesea was incorporated – Bubup Wiliam for Early Learning Centre Inc.

2011      The Traditional Owner Acknowledgement Statement is translated into eight local languages.

2011      Local Aboriginal Elders Social Support group established                                                                 

2012      The Bubup Wilam for Early Learning Centre is officially opened.

2012      Aboriginal Employment Pathways Strategy is adopted by Council.

2012      The city of Whittlesea Reconciliation Action Plan is adopted by Council.

2013      146 senior Council staff attend Cultural Awareness training.

2014      Construction of Council’s Sorry Space (dedicated to the Stolen Generations) is completed.

2014      Establishment of biannual meetings with the Aboriginal community and CEO and Mayor.

2015      Council adopts an updated Aboriginal Reconciliation Policy & Aboriginal Inclusion Charter.

2015      Council adopts Building Respect: Whittlesea’s Anti-racism Strategy 2015 -2019.



Sorry Space

On National Sorry Day 2014, Council and the WRG unveiled the City of Whittlesea's Sorry Space - a community reflective space dedicated to members of the Stolen Generations and the Traditional Owners of this land, the Wurundjeri Willum people.

The Sorry Space displays a plaque that was presented to Council by Connecting Home and features a stone plinth for smoking ceremonies and fire rituals.