Our Reconciliation Policy (pdf, 2MB), accessible version (doc, 52KB), 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 endorsed in November 2015 and builds on our previous Reconciliation Policy (2010-2014), focusing on continuing our reconciliation journey. It was developed in consultation with Wurundjeri Council, our community and staff. The policy includes:
- our Statement of Commitment to Wurundjeri people and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- our Reconciliation Policy commitments
- our protocols for recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
The policy will be implemented through action plans, the first of these being the Reconciliation Action Plan 2016-18 (doc, 23KB).
For more information on the policy, contact our Social Planning and Wellbeing team on 9243 8888.
In December 2015 we made our ongoing commitment to respect, recognise and build relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples more visible with the installation of new recognition plaques.
These beautiful plaques are now displayed on over 40 Council buildings including the Civic Centre, Transfer Station, libraries, community centres and leisure centres.
They proudly acknowledge the Wurundjeri people as the traditional custodians of the land now known as Moonee Valley, and pay respect to Wurundjeri elders past and present. The artwork titled ‘The Myth of the Rainbow’ by Wurundjeri artist Judy Nicholson was commissioned especially for the project.
We are now encouraging local businesses and the community to follow by displaying the acknowledgement on their own premises. If you’re interested in displaying a recognition sticker, please contact our Social Planning and Wellbeing team on 9243 8888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Our Wurundjeri history
You can read about Moonee Valley's Wurundjeri history, including the significance of certain sites and the origins of names.