What you need to know
Our Reconciliation Policy is our commitment to respect, recognise and build relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and encourage others in our community to do the same.
It was developed in consultation with the Wurundjeri Council, our community and staff. The policy includes:
- our Statement of Commitment to Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- our Reconciliation Policy commitments our protocols for recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Bunjils Marroun Healing Ceremony
Moonee Valley City Council’s annual Bunjils Marroun Healing Ceremony was held at Afton Street Conservation Reserve in Essendon West on Tuesday, 26 January.
Council is committed to Respect (Gahgook), Recognition (Ngarngaith) and Relationships (Djerri) through Reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and acknowledges that this day can cause pain to members of the community.
The ceremony included an Acknowledgment of History by Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Elder Aunty Dianne Kerr, poetry read by Gunditjmara Elder Uncle Jim Berg and a performance by the Nhanbu Togip dance group.
Statement of Commitment
Our Statement of Commitment reaffirms the partnership between Council and the Wurundjeri Council and renews our commitment to the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
We acknowledge the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung as the Traditional Custodians of the Country on which Moonee Valley is located, we pay our respects to Elders past and present.
Ceremonial rock circle
Our ceremonial rock circle (called Babepal Paen-mirring, meaning “Mother’s tear” in Woi wurrung) is at Five Mile Creek Reserve in Essendon.
The site on which the rock circle sits recognises a registered site of Aboriginal significance and protects artefacts scattered at the site.
After consulting with the Wurundjeri Land Council and the Wurundjeri Narrap team, it was decided to place rocks in the shape of an eye so that the tears of Mother Earth could flow down into Five Mile Creek. The rocks were placed in groups of three representing the three main family groups of the Wurundjeri.
Western Regional Local Government Reconciliation Network
We are a member of the Western Regional Local Government Reconciliation Network (WRLGRN). The network consists of five other local councils who meet bi-monthly to address the needs and issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across the western region.
Close the Gap
Close the Gap is a national initiative to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across the country.
We are a member of the Inner North West Primary Care Partnership (INWPCP) Close the Health Gap, Wellbeing Partnership. The partnership brings together health and welfare organisations in the local government areas of Moonee Valley, Moreland, Melbourne and Yarra.
The partnership is guided by an action plan which focuses on cultural understanding; create welcoming environments; asking the Indigenous status question and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff in liaison roles. Further information is available the INWPCP website.
To find out more about national Close the Gap initiative, visit the Oxfam website.