Acknowledgement of Country
We recognise the Traditional Owners of this land, the Wurundjeri willam. Melbourne’s north-east was the homeland of the Wurundjeri willam people who belonged to the Woiworung language group and greater Kulin Nation.
Today, the Wurundjeri Tribe Land and Compensation Cultural Heritage Council, recognised as the Aboriginal custodians of Banyule and Kulin Nations, take care of this rich and diverse cultural heritage.
In 2009 Banyule Council adopted the Banyule Statement of Commitment to Indigenous Australians. This Statement was developed in partnership with Wurundjeri Elders and marked the start of Council’s commitment to working alongside the Traditional Custodial Owners of the land on which we live, work, meet and play, to advance the aspirations of our local Aboriginal communities.
Since adopting the Statement of Commitments, Council has continued to partner with the Wurundjeri Tribe Land Compensation and Cultural Heritage Council and local agency networks to deliver various local action plans. In 2014, Council is adopting a broader area of focus in the development of a five year Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Plan. This Plan, which is being developed with community and stakeholder agencies, aims to support a whole of sector coordinating framework for Banyule. It is hoped that by clearly defining areas of focus across three key areas of Community Participation, Economic Participation and Health and Wellbeing, emerging project opportunities can be identified and collaborative partnerships embraced.
Banyule City Council has developed a Toolkit to assist Council staff when engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members of community.
The development and circulation of this Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Toolkit is a key activity under the Council’s Inclusion, Access and Equity Framework and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Action Plan. City Plan Key Direction 1.4 "Celebrate and Promote Banyule’s Diversity and Heritage" and Banyule’s Statement of Commitment to Indigenous Australians guide the development of this Toolkit.
Although the it is intended to be used primarily by staff, the Toolkit is made publicly available on the Council website. The draft Participation Handbook Toolkit is now available for comment.
Indigenous Arts at Banyule Festival 2014
Council’s Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Plan outlines our commitment to Banyule’s past and current Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community.
View information about this joint project between the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, Banyule Community Health and Banyule City Council.
View information about Indigenous events and their origins
View information about Banyule's Aboriginal Other Services and Links
Aboriginal Welcome and Acknowledgement information
To find out more and to get involved in Banyule Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Planning process, please contact Council’s Community and Social Planning team on 9490 4222.