Council acknowledges that Reconciliation is an ongoing practical process that requires trust, mutual respect and a commitment to build understanding and recognition.

We are currently holding three consultation sessions specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members to have their say on the draft Reconciliation Action Plan. The flyer is here: Reconciliation in Hobsons Bay(PDF, 1MB)

In July 2011, Council adopted a Reconciliation Policy(PDF, 51KB) which will act as a framework for future and ongoing activities.

For more information on the first people of Hobsons Bay, download the Yalukit Wilum book from the First People of Hobsons Bay page.

Council also:

  • acknowledges the people of Yalukit Wilum of the Boon Wurrung Country that makes up the Greater Kulin Nation, traditional owners of lands currently within Hobsons Bay City Council boundary areas, at official Hobsons Bay City Council functions
  • flies the Aboriginal flag all year around and the Torres Strait Islander flags during NAIDOC Week and Reconciliation Week
  • facilitates a relationship with Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council, Queensland
  • manages arts and culture activities that promote indigenous culture

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge that we are gathered on the traditional land of the Kulin Nation. We recognise the First People’s relationship to this land and offer our respect to their elders, past and present.

Reconciliation in Hobsons Bay

Come have a yarn with William Glenbar about what Reconciliation means to you. Council is holding three consultation sessions specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members to have their say on the draft Reconciliation Action Plan.

Get along to any of these sessions for a yarn and a feed at Laverton Community Hub:

Tuesday 14 February 5pm to 7pm

Thursday 16 February 1pm to 2.30pm

Tuesday 21 February 5pm to 7pm

Where: Laverton Community Hub 95-105 Railway Avenue, Laverton

Contact: For more information contact Dani Bero 0417 584 750 or 9932 1000

Getup Outwest

Getup Outwest is a community organisation through which local people can participate in genuine reconciliation between Indigenous and non Indigenous people. Following the Prime Minister's apology in February 2008, Getup Outwest has committed to:

  • raising awareness of Hobsons Bay residents to Aboriginal history and culture particularly that of the first peoples of Hobsons Bay
  • supporting Aboriginal people as we close the gap in health and education opportunities across Australia

If you would like to be involved, Getup Outwest meets locally in Hobsons Bay, works across a range of activities and events, and can be contacted by email:

Yarrabah Shire Council

In 2003 the Towards Reconciliation Working Group initiated a friendship with Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council with the aim of enhancing learning and understanding of each other's cultures.

In December 2006 the two councils formally established this friendship and signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote understanding and links between the two communities. The MOU was renewed in October 2012.

The alliance focuses on education, arts and culture, infrastructure, environment, business and reconciliation.

Yarrabah Shire is an independent Aboriginal community situated in north Queensland approximately 7km from Cairns. The area has a population of around 4000 people.

You can find more information at Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council Friendship Alliance.

Reconciliation Week

Council will present a National Reconciliation Week calendar of events celebrating the rich culture and history of the first Australians, further details will be announced soon..


Past Reconciliation Week events

On Thursday 4 June 2015, Council presented singer Dewayne Everettsmith as part of the Arts at Your Doorstep performing arts program, that coincided with the end of Reconciliation Week.

Dewayne is an Aboriginal man, descended from both the Aboriginal community of Cape Barren Island and the Gunai/Kurnai people of Victoria, but his music can’t be neatly pigeonholed as Indigenous. It’s been influenced by his heritage, and then shaped by his tough early years and love of so many musical styles and great singers. For further information visit

In 2012 Council presented a free screening of the music film Murundak featuring the Black Arm Band.

In 2011 Council worked in partnership with other western metropolitan councils to present a calendar of events that ran during May and June. Activities included a tie in to The Long Walk, performances, storytelling, cultural heritage tours, film screenings, markets and exhibitions. A series of information ‘taster’ sessions for indigenous artists interested in undertaking Certificate III in Arts Administration were also held in Melton, Maribyrnong, Brimbank and in Hobsons Bay at the Old Laverton School in Altona Meadows.


NAIDOC originally stood for 'National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee'. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

The National NAIDOC theme for 2016 is Songlines: The living narrative of our nation.

Council will hold a flag-raising ceremony with guest speakers in honour of NAIDOC Week on Monday 4 July from 12pm to 1pm. 

In 2010, Council supported the performance of Yuyuyukatha by Kutcha Edwards at the Williamstown Mechanics Institute. Yuyuyukatha is a musical and story-telling performance that takes you on a cultural journey. Kutcha tells of the experience of the stolen generations through the eyes of someone taken from the banks of the Murrumbidgee River as a young child.

In 2011, Council's Arts at Your Doorstep program presented Krakouer! on 11 August at the Altona Theatre. Krakouer! was presented by Deckchair Theatre and Country Arts WA and is the story of two brothers, Jim and Phil Krakouer who took the footy world by storm in the early '80s.

The National NAIDOC 2016 theme is Songlines - The living narrative of our nation. If you would like more information about NAIDOC week, visit or go to the Aboriginal Culture page for details.

Special events

For more information about NAIDOC Week and Reconciliation events, go to the Aboriginal Culture page or the events calendar.

Racism - It stops with me

Racism - It stops with me

Council has signed an agreement with the Australian Human Rights Commission in support of the National Anti-Racism Campaign.

The campaign forms part of a federal government strategy aimed at addressing racism experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The campaign: RACISM. IT STOPS WITH ME will be supported through Council activities over the next three years.

Racism - It stops with me - Human Rights website

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