Share your voice: Contribute to reconciliation on the Peninsula

Published on 17 September 2019

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17 September 2019

Mornington Peninsula Shire is inviting public feedback on our draft Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) using Reconciliation Australia’s RAP framework.

Through implementation of the Reconciliation Action Plan, the Shire aims to build on relationships, respect and trust between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians living on the Mornington Peninsula.

Through the plan, the Shire will address several key areas including but not limited to:

  • Supporting Aboriginal organisations and businesses
  • Supporting Aboriginal services and networks
  • Cultural learning and protocols
  • Cultural heritage and history
  • Cultural rights
  • Employment and training
  • Working across the whole Shire
  • Relationship building
  • Raising awareness and support

In Australia, reconciliation refers to bringing together Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders and other Australians.

The First People of what is now known as the Mornington Peninsula, the Boon Wurrung/Bunurong People of the Kulin Nation, have a rich history on the Mornington Peninsula dating over 40,000 years ago.

Today, the Mornington Peninsula has a fast growing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population including Traditional Owners and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with diverse cultures, identities, and stories.

Shire Mayor David Gill said “as a local council, we have an important role to play in promoting and celebrating Aboriginal cultural heritage, arts and cultures as part of the intrinsic identity and value of the Mornington Peninsula.

“With significant reforms at a State level to progress treaty and self-determination, the Shire is proud to be working with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to support meaningful social, cultural and economic outcomes.

“We know that to do this, strong relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities must be at the heart of our work”, concluded Cr Gill.

Council’s representative for the Inter Council Aboriginal Consultative Committee and Briars Ward Councillor Sam Hearn said the RAP was informed by a comprehensive consultation process that engaged Traditional Owner groups, local Aboriginal organisations, Aboriginal peak bodies, Councillors, Shire staff, and the broader community.

“The consultations were overwhelmingly positive and demonstrated a compelling commitment to reconciliation.

“We are committed to listening to and learning from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, including Elders and young people, to ensure that our efforts directly support the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities”, concluded Cr Hearn.

The Shire’s organisational vision is to ‘value, protect and improve the unique characteristics and way of life on our Peninsula’. This RAP will help to ensure that our vision applies equally to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities on the Peninsula.

The draft plan is available for anyone to view and provide feedback on until 5pm Monday 14 October 2019.


Read the draft plan and provide your feedback online at 

Documents will also be available to read in hard copy at the Shire’s offices in Rosebud, Mornington and Hastings.

Shire staff will be available by appointment to answer any queries.

To make an appointment, contact the Warringinee Group: or phone 5950 1641.

Email your submission with the subject line “Draft Reconciliation Action Plan” to:

Attention: Social Planning & Community Development
Re: Draft Reconciliation Action Plan
Mornington Peninsula Shire
Private Bag 1000, Rosebud VIC 3939

Community consultation closes 5pm 14 October 2019.

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