Reconciliation & Recognition


Reconciliation Action Plan Community Reference Group members with Uncle Ricky Nelson and Racquel Kerr, Dja Dja Wurrung Traditional Owners

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 developed a Reconciliation Action Plan.

What is a Reconciliation Action Plan?

Hepburn Shire’s Reconciliation Action Plan is a 12 month business plan outlining what the 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

Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

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

The following two groups were established to assist with the development of our RAP:

The RAP Working Group – comprising staff from Hepburn Shire Council

The RAP Community Reference Group – led by Council and comprising Dja Dja Wurrung,  local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives and local community members with experience in reconciliation.

With our Reconciliation Action Plan, Council seeks to ensure reconciliation is at the core of our organisation and a foundation to all our services.

National Reconciliation Week 2020

National Reconciliation Week 2020


Reconciliation Action Plan

Community Reference Group – Terms of Reference

Community Reference Group – Expression of Interest 

For more information on reconciliation in Hepburn Shire, please contact Rachel Palmer at or call 5321 6425.

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