Reconciliation Policy

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.

Reconciliation events in 2018

Take part in a range of events in Moonee Valley throughout 2018 - see our reconciliation calendar.

Ceremonial rock circle at Five Mile Creek Reserve

Our new ceremonial rock circle (called Babepal Paen-mirring, meaning “Mother’s tear” in Woi wurrung) at Five Mile Creek Reserve has received a Highly Commended Award in the Local Government category of this year’s HART Awards.

The HART Awards are presented by Reconciliation Victoria in partnership with the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) and acknowledge Victorian initiatives that contribute to local reconciliation outcomes.

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.

The site is managed by Wurundjeri Elder Uncle David Wandin and the Narrap team and we were very proud to have them out at Five Mile Creek for our Walk with Wurundjeri event to launch the ceremonial rock circle on Sunday, 25 March. The local community was out in force to learn about Wurundjeri, take part in activities and planting, and help us in our mission to reintroduce the Murnong (yam daisy) and other native plants to the area. Check out this video from the day:

The site is an important part of a broader approach to educate our community about the significance of this area to the Wurundjeri People, and there will be plenty of opportunities to hold ceremonies and demonstrations of Wurundjeri life in the future, with another event already planned in October.

It also acts on a commitment in our Reconciliation Policy to invite and partner with the Wurundjeri Council for environmental activities, events and land management projects, while also promoting reconciliation through respect, recognition and relationship-building and encouraging others to do the same. 

Recognition plaques

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.

Recognition plaque which reads "We acknowledge the Wurundjeri poeople as the Traditional Custodians of the country on which the City of Moonee Valley is located, and we pay our respects to their Elders past and present"

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 community@mvcc.vic.gov.au.

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.

Last updated: Monday, 11 June 2018, 2:53 PM