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Koorie Community



Council's vision for our community is a future of mutual respect and harmony by respecting the views of others and act with courtesy and consideration.


East Gippsland Shire Council will provide opportunities for Aboriginal communities to assist council in its goal to improve inclusion and create mutual understanding and effective partnerships.


This page has been created as a virtual meeting place and information board for local Koorie events, updates on our Reconciliation Action Plan, news and links to some of our partner organisations.


If you have an event or information you would like listed please contact Kath Macdonald on (03) 5153 9500 or by email.


We would like encourage organisations to Acknowledge our Traditional Custodians at meetings and events by sharing Council's Acknowledgement Poster.

Please feel free to print it off and share around.


Reconciliation Action Plan 2015-18 Progress Report


East Gippsland Shire Council's first RAP ends in 12 months time. A progress report has been put together to track how much work has been done and to gather any learning in readiness for preparation of the next Reconciliation Action Plan. Click on the image above to view the Progress Report. 




NAIDOC Week 7 - 14 July 2019

For more information visit the website www.naidoc.org.au


East Gippsland Aboriginal organisations and resources


Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation

The role of the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) is to further the aspirations of the Gunai Kurnai Traditional Owners and Native Title Holders by implementing Gunai Kurnai Native Title settlement agreements. They also provide high quality policy advice; strategic leadership by developing and leading key initiatives; and continuously improve the capacity, integrity and independence of the Gunai Kurnai people.


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Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-Operative

GEGAC was originally established in 1975 to support and develop the Aboriginal Medical Service and also as an Aboriginal culture centre.


GEGAC was established when the local Aboriginal men and women decided that the East Gippsland region needed services specific to the Aboriginal people to fill the void and address the lack of understanding about Aboriginal issues. 

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Krowathunkooloong (Keeping Place) East Gippsland Aboriginal Cooperative

Visitors to the Keeping Place can learn, understand and appreciate the history of the Gunai Kurnai people through guided or self-guided tours of the museum.


The display includes traditional hunting and fighting weapons, bark canoes, baskets, fishing spears, boomerangs and an exhibition of contemporary Gunai Kurnai art. Staff members are on hand to answer questions.

37-53 Dalmahoy Street, Bairnsdale 3875

Phone: 03 5152 1891

Hours: Monday-Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, weekends by appointment


 Keeping Place Rob Hudson


The Bataluk Cultural Trail

The Gunai Kurnai people of East Gippsland invite you to visit the sites along the Bataluk Cultural Trail. These are landscapes where you will be introduced to aspects of Gunai Kurnai history and culture including Dreamtime stories, traditional lifestyles, European invasion and settlement and present day life.


For a variety of reasons such as environmental or historical sensitivity, some sites in the region are not appropriate for unrestricted access by members of the general public. We ask that you treat all sites along the trail with respect and care, to ensure that they are preserved for future generations.



Local Aboriginal Networks (LANs)

Strong culture, engaged people and confident communities: that's what Local Aboriginal Networks (LANs) are all about. If you want to join your local LAN or find out more about what the LANs are doing in East Gippsland contact your local ACD Broker, Alice Pepper.

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Gippsland Black Pages

The Gippsland Black Pages provides information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services across Gippsland.


The current version also includes mainstream health and community services. Services listed include; health, community support, men's and women's services, employment, education, children and mental health services.  


Djillay Ngalu 

Djillay Ngalu which means Healthy Together in the Gunai Kurnai language. The long-term vision of Djillay Ngalu is that we work in partnership with the community and work together to improve the health and wellbeing of the Aboriginal communities across East Gippsland.


Djillay Ngalu is an active organisation and has delivered lots of exciting programs that have provided opportunities for the community to participate in and be involved with.



A Story of Bung Yarnda by Wayne Thorpe. To order please email Wayne at: watbalimba@hotmail.com



Our Reconciliation Action Plan

We are proud to be taking real action to improve our relationship with Aboriginal community members. It is significant for us and for the community. If your organisation would like to implement a plan go to Reconciliation Australia to see how.




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