First Nations Cultural Programs

Orbital Ceramic

Council is committed to promoting awareness of Indigenous history and celebrating contemporary Aboriginal culture, creating opportunities within its arts and cultural programs. Projects include Summer Sounds and Arts At Your Doorstep, and in supporting programs during Reconciliation Week and a community flag raising ceremony during NAIDOC Week. 


Orbital is an exhibition space located within the exterior wall of the new Aldi supermarket at Central Square in Altona Meadows. The space provides a great opportunity to showcase culture and local artists. Each exhibition is locally curated or themed with curators work with local schools, and community groups. Exhibitions held in this innovative space can be viewed outside 9am to 9pm, seven days a week.

Click here to find out more about Orbital.

Current Exhibition Information: Orbital 2019 - Dreaming Exhibition(PDF, 173KB)

First Nations Creative Program at Woods Street Arts Space

The first Wednesday of every month, Council hosts a drop in session for the First Nations community to come together and create new works. Workshops have included Indigenous weaving with Donna Blackall, Ceramics with Karen Steenbergen and wood carving with Mike Nicholls. Session vary depending of the interests of the group.

For more information or you are keen to join the group contact


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SOUL4GIVE In residence at Woods Street Arts Space

Local First Nations community are leading a new program on Sundays at the Arts Space in Laverton that includes singing, song writing and drumming workshops as well as rehearsals for the Reclaim community choir that sings from the Dhungala songbook.

All members of the community are welcome to join.

Led by Shauntai Batzke, talented Wiradjuri Soprano and proud Miriam Torres Strait Islander man, Robbie Batzke, with special guests.

For more information contact

Soul4Give curated the music program for the Laverton Block Party on 28 April, which marked the seventh birthday of the Woods Street Arts Space. The event featured a diverse range of performances from a community choir, participatory dance, spoken word and the headline act was the legendary Bart Willoughby.



Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

For more information visit Council's Reconciliation page or the National Reconciliation Week website

Past projects

Rivers to Recognition

The Rivers to Recognition campaign aimed to raise awareness about the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the First Australians. Six western region councils under the banner of the Western Region Local Government Reconciliation Network (WRLGRN) partnered to deliver the campaign.

The program included a major Western Region forum in Footscray about the Constitutional referendum, smaller community forums across the western region including Hobsons Bay, and a live music event at Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown to celebrate culture and recognise First Australians. Headline acts at the concert were be highly acclaimed and award winning artist Archie Roach with Radical Son, Frank Yamma, SKIN CHOIR and Nancy Bates.

A series of free workshops and community forums, hosted by ANTaR and Reconciliation Victoria, examined what constitutional recognition means and why it is important. A diversity of views regarding the proposed changes was be presented and discussed as part of the forums.

Western region councils are also supporting conversations about the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by developing a local resource guide which is available at libraries and secondary schools across Melbourne’s west. Council partnered with Reconciliation Victoria and the Western Region Local Government Reconciliation Network (WRLGRN) including Brimbank, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley and Wyndham City councils. For more information contact Hobsons Bay City Council on 9932 1000.


Blak Out Day
During 2013 a regular weekend program was presented at Woods Street Arts Space to share stories and culture.

The Yalukit Wilum - The First People of Hobsons Bay
A short history of the first people of Hobsons Bay is available here to download. The booklet was reprinted in 2011 with contemporary images curated by Bindi Cole, and featuring the work of artists Ben McKeown and Megan Cadd. 


Boon Wurrung NgargeeCouncil, in partnership with The Boon Wurrung Foundation and Idja Dance Theatre, presented Boon Wurrung Ngargee at Point Gellibrand in October 2011. The first pilot program held in Hobsons Bay involved Grade 5 and 6 children from Laverton P-12 College as part of the 2011 Mayoral program. The Boon Wurrung Ngargee brings a new element to the arts and culture program of Hobsons Bay consistent with the Reconciliation Statement of Commitment and Policy and supports Council objectives of Civic Leadership, Community Wellbeing, and Arts, Recreation and Culture.

Download the Boon Wurrung Ngargee information booklet