Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reconciliation

Overview

Macedon Ranges is located on the Country of the Dja Dja Wurrung, Taungurung and Wurundjeri Peoples. These three groups are the Traditional Owners and custodians of the land, and along with the Wathaurung and Boon Wurrung, make up the federation of the Kulin Nation.

The Wurundjeri, Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurung peoples continue to be active today, working to manage and care for Country and develop strong and resilient communities.

Traditional Owners

Download a map of the Traditional Owners land area(PDF, 748KB)

Dja Dja Wurrung Peoples

Dja Dja Wurrung Country stretches from Woodend, Malmsbury and the west side of the Campaspe River in the Macedon Ranges, to Castlemaine and Bendigo in the east, Boort in the north, Donald in the north-west and Mount Avoca in the south-west.

The Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation are the Registered Aboriginal Party (RAP) that are the voice of Traditional Owners in the management and protection of cultural heritage.

In 2013 the Dja Dja Wurrung signed a Recognition and Settlement Agreement with the Victorian Government following the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 (VIC). The agreement gives the Dja Dja Wurrung People greater rights in relation to the land, the opportunity to have a say on certain activities on Crown land, joint management of selected national state parks and freehold title to some land.

For contact details and more information, visit Dja Dja Wurrung clans Aboriginal Corporation

Taungurung Peoples

Taungurung Country includes Kyneton and Carlsruhe on the east side of the Campaspe River in the Macedon Ranges, towards Mount Beauty in the east, Benalla in the north and the top of the Great Dividing Range in the south.

Taungurung Land and Waters Council are the Registered Aboriginal Party (RAP) that represents the interests of the Taungurung Peoples with respect to culture and country.

The Taungurung Peoples signed a Recognition and Settlement Agreement with the Victorian Government in 2018.

For contact details and more information, visit Taungurung Land and Waters Council website

Wurundjeri Peoples

Wurundjeri Country covers a large area around Melbourne and extends northwards in include Gisborne, Lancefield, Macedon, Riddells Creek and Romsey in the Macedon Ranges.

The Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation are the Registered Aboriginal Party (RAP) that represent the Wurundjeri Peoples and engages in cultural heritage, educational services and land management.

For contact details and more information, visit Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation website.

Local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Council recognises that there are local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Macedon Ranges who are not from the Traditional Owner groups. Council aims to support and reflect the interests of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, who are key stakeholders in the development of Council's Reconciliation Action Plan.

Our vision for reconciliation

Council is in the process of developing its first Reconciliation Action Plan, which will outline our organisational commitment to support improved outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Macedon Ranges.

It will:

  • Focus on strengthening relationships and creating meaningful opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Focus on building a deeper understanding of reconciliation with Council staff and the broader community so that everyone sees themselves as having a responsibility for advancing reconciliation.
  • Reflect the reconciliation priorities of Traditional Owners and local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people - we will consult with these groups later this year.

Following this, everyone will be invited to have their say on the draft plan.

Join our Working Group

We're establishing a working group to guide the development of the plan.

The group will be made up of Council staff and local Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people. If you identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person and wish to join us, call Stephen Hiley on (03) 5422 0286 or email shiley@mrsc.vic.gov.au

Recognising Traditional Owners and Custodians

Council's Organisational Protocols for Recognising Traditional Owners and Custodians provide guidance to staff and Councillors around the following:

  • Acknowledgment of Country
  • Welcome to Country
  • Flying the Aboriginal flag
  • Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week events
  • Councillor and staff induction

In addition, through implementing these protocols the wider community will be able to share in Aboriginal culture and heritage, enabling better relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians.

The protocols also provide information on the Registered Aboriginal Parties, Recognition and Settlement Agreements and culture heritage issues.

Acknowledgment of Country

An Acknowledgment of Country recognises and pays respect to the Traditional Owners of the land on which they are gathering.

An Acknowledgement of Country should be given at the opening of meetings, formal events, public forums and functions.

It can be given by any non-Aboriginal person or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person not from the Traditional Owner group on whose land the gathering is on.

The Acknowledgment of Country that Macedon Ranges Shire Council uses is as follows:

I acknowledge that Macedon Ranges Shire is on Dja Dja Wurrung, Taungurung and Wurundjeri countries. I want to acknowledge that we are gathering today on the land of the (state specific Traditional Owner group) Peoples. I would like to pay my respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and any Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People who may be here today.

It is important when conducting an Acknowledgment of Country that you identify the correct Traditional owner/Custodian for site in which the gathering is taking place. Below is a table of townships and the relevant Traditional Owners whose land it is on.

Township Traditional Owner
 Carlsruhe (east of Campaspe river) Taungurung
Carlsruhe (west of Campaspe river) Dja Dja Wurrung
Kyneton (east of Campaspe river)

Taungurung

 Kyneton (west of Campaspe river)  Dja Dja Wurrung
Gisborne Wurundjeri
Hanging Rock all three Traditional Owners
Lancefield Wurundjeri
 Macedon Wurundjeri
Malmsbury Dja Dja Wurrung
Riddells Creek Wurundjeri
Romsey Wurundjeri
Woodend Dja Dja Wurrung