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Council has recently been involved in a number of initiatives aimed at advancing reconciliation in our organisation and communities including:

  • July 2015 – Daylesford Town Hall flag raising and NAIDOC celebration day
  • August 2015 – Installation of interpretive signage recognising Dja Dja Wurrung culture at Hepburn Spring Mineral Reserve
  • March 2016 – Dja Dja Wurrung Welcome to Country and information about upcoming Reconciliation Action Plan project at all staff meeting
  • April 2016 – Creswick community are welcomed to country and experience smoking ceremony at Creswick Hub opening. The Aboriginal flag is now flying permanently at Creswick Hub
  • April 2016 – Land Cultures event is held in Daylesford. Council supported this event hosted by Hepburn Relocalisation Network and featuring talks by Bruce Pascoe. Dja Dja Wurrung Elders welcomed over 300 people to country for the evening event and a smoking ceremony was held in the laneway beside the Town Hall. If you missed it Hepburn Community Radio have a podcast of the event here: https://soundcloud.com/hrn-522934863/land-cultures-bruce-pascoe-david-holmgren
  • April 2016 – Council Staff participate in a tour of sites in Hepburn Regional Park hosted by the Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board

Over the last year staff from Council’s Planning, Home and Community Care and Community Development and Executive Teams and our Councillors have undertaken training and development activities to increase our knowledge and capacity to meet Council’s obligations for maintaining and managing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage locally.

How can you get involved?

We welcome all members of our community to come and participate in NAIDOC activities this year.  If you are an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander living in Hepburn Shire we’d love to hear from you to be a part of developing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).  The Hepburn Shire RAP aims to further recognise the unique relationship of Dja Dja Wurrung People to their traditional Country and respond to our local community needs for further reconciliation activities. The RAP Project will begin in June 2016.

What is a Reconciliation Action Plan?

The Reconciliation Action Plan is a three year business plan outlining what an organisation will do within its sphere of influence to contribute to reconciliation. The plan is based around three key areas of action:

– Relationships
– Respect
– Opportunities.

For more information, or to register your interest in being involved, please contact Council’s Community and Cultural Development Officer kgerritsen@hepburn.vic.gov.au or 5321 6126

Images: Dja Dja Wurrung Elders and Hepburn Shire Councillors at the Daylesford Town Hall flag raising and NAIDOC celebration day (July 2015), Dja Dja Wurrung Smoking Ceremony, Creswick Hub (April 2016), Dja Dja Wurrung Park Victoria Ranger Team Leader, Trent Nelson talking about culture on country at Hepburn Springs Mineral Reserve (April 2016), Dja Dja Wurrung Smoking Ceremony, Daylesford Town Hall (July 2015)

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