Hepburn Shire Council recognises and values the unique relationship of Dja Dja Wurrung People to their traditional Country

Hepburn Shire is on the traditional lands of Dja Dja Wurrung or Jaara people who are the rightful custodians. The Dja Dja Wurrung are recognised as the Traditional Owners of Central Victoria through the Recognition and Settlement Agreement between the Dja Dja Wurrung people and the State of Victoria, signed in 2013.

In order to further recognise the unique relationship of Dja Dja Wurrung People to their traditional Country, and in response to our local community needs, Council has committed to developing a Reconciliation Action Plan. This 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

What does reconciliation mean?
Reconciliation as defined by Reconciliation Australia (2015):

Reconciliation is about unity and respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-indigenous Australians. It is about respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and valuing justice and equity for all Australians.

The aim of the Hepburn Shire Council Reconciliation Action Plan is to:

1. Further recognise, strengthen, protect and promote Dja Dja Wurrung culture and connection to Country, for the benefit of our local communities

2. Increase opportunities for reconciliation in the Hepburn Shire

3. Improve Hepburn Shire Council business processes to create a culturally safe work place

4. Ensure Council officers have the knowledge and resources to meet Council’s obligations for maintaining and managing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage locally

Developing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

Updates on the RAP Project will be posted to Council’s webpage and Facebook page .

Hepburn Shire’s Reconciliation Action Plan will be developed with Council Staff, Councillors and our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and representatives from relevant organisations.

Establishment of the following two groups to assist with the development of a draft Plan is now being undertaken:

The RAP Working Group – comprising staff from Hepburn Shire Council

The RAP Community Reference Group – led by Council and comprising Dja Dja Wurrung and local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives

For more information or to register your interest in being involved please contact shire@hepburn.vic.gov.au or call 5348 2306.