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

Reconciliation Action Plan 

Council has renewed its commitment to progressing reconciliation in Hobsons Bay by adopting its first Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-21(PDF, 4MB).

This follows Council, In July 2011, adopting a Reconciliation Policy(PDF, 51KB), which acts as a framework for ongoing activities.

For more information on the first people of Hobsons Bay, download the Yalukit Wilum book(PDF, 5MB) or visit 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.

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.

Special events

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

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NAIDOC Flag-raising Ceremony & Community Lunch

Tuesday 9 July, 12 noon to 2pm

Altona Civic Centre

Light lunch to follow ceremony.

NAIDOC Week 2019 reminds all Australians of the call for reform around the elements of Voice Treaty Truth in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Hobsons Bay City Council invites you to join Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia to recognise this movement at our annual NAIDOC flag-raising ceremony with Jessie Lloyd bringing songs of Indigenous rights throughout our history.

The Message Tree

Thursday 11 July, 10am to 12 noon

Royal Yacht Club Victoria, 120 Nelson Place, Williamstown

Presented by Yalukit Marnang.

Celebrate Hobsons Bay’s First People (the Yalukit weelam clan of the Boonwurrung language group) through a community project to respectfully re-tell the story of The Message Tree of Williamstown, a special place to the Boonwurrung and early colonists, including many who resisted the removal of the tree in 1857. 

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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