Hepburn Shire Council proudly celebrated National Reconciliation Week and the landmark decisions that were made in 1967 and 1992. Members of the community gathered for a Dja Dja Wurrung smoking ceremony and cultural exhibition at the Daylesford Museum.
In 1967, over 90 per cent of Australians voted to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the national census.
In 1992, the High Court of Australia ruled in Mabo v Queensland that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship with the Australian land that existed before European colonisation and still exists today. This decision led to the 1993 Native Title Act.
The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2017 is “Let’s take the next steps.” Council is in the process of developing a Reconciliation Action Plan that will help promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture. We are seeking to take the next steps to promote reconciliation with our Traditional Owners, the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans, and our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members.