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East Gippsland Aboriginal organisations and resources and Council's Reconciliation Action Plan

East Gippsland Shire 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.

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

We also encourage organisations to Acknowledge our Traditional Custodians at meetings and events.

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Our Vision for Reconciliation

We aim to create a future of mutual respect and harmony by collaborating with East Gippsland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, to develop actions that embed cultural change in the organisation through increased mutual understanding and effective partnerships.

We will improve relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members by incorporating community input, involvement and contribution from the Shire’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The need for representation and protection for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage is increasingly recognised and the role in decision making about the future of East Gippsland is represented and protected.

East Gippsland Aboriginal organisations and resources

Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC)

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.

Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-Operative (GEGAC)

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.

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

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.

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

What is Aboriginal Best Start?

The Aboriginal Best Start Program works to ensure that local Aboriginal communities and organisations are given every possible opportunity to support positive outcomes for their children and families. Best Start is a prevention and early intervention program that aims to improve the health, development, learning and wellbeing of all Victorian children from conception through to the transition to school.

View more information at Aboriginal Best Start.

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Friday, January 22, 2021