Reconciliation Action

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Mornington Peninsula Shire is committed to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, and we acknowledge and pay respect to the Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation, as the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waters.  

The Shire has an important role to play in promoting and celebrating Aboriginal cultural heritage, as part of the core identity and value of our Peninsula. We are committed to reconciliation and impactful actions, working together with community. 

"At its heart, reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples, for the benefit of all Australians" ‐ Reconciliation Australia 

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. 

The Shire's reconciliation achievements

We are proud to make a commitment to fully support reconciliation and we seek to understand and embrace reconciliation within our organisation and to encourage reconciliation across the Mornington Peninsula. 

Since the endorsement of our previous RAP, some key achievements include: 

  • Embedding a permanent Reconciliation Inclusion Officer at the Shire to support the development and delivery of our RAP. 

  • Rolling out Wominjeka Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country signage across Shire buildings, libraires and community centres. 

  • Signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation. The MOU includes financial support for the Bunurong Land Council in return for the work they do with multiple Shire departments, including the coastal group and providing place names in Bunurong language. 

  • Establishing an internal RAP working group with staff from teams across the Shire to embed reconciliation work across the organisation. 

  • Developing three Coastal and Marine Plans to ensure the cultural heritage of significant sites in Flinders, Mount Eliza and Portsea are protected in partnership with Bunurong Land Council. 

  • Securing funding from the National Indigenous Australian Agency under the Aboriginal Advancement Strategy to deliver a Junior Rangers Program on-country for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people. 

  • Delivering Aboriginal artwork murals at various locations across the Peninsula.  

Our Reconciliation Action Plan 2024-26 

Building off the back of our Reconciliation Action Plan 2020-22, we are in the process of developing our second Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).  

You can provide input into the development of our draft RAP 2024-26 by visiting our RAP Consultation page. 

Watch a video about the Shire's journey towards reconciliation

We will develop the new Reconciliation Action Plan working in partnership with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members, our internal Reconciliation Working Group, local Gathering Places and Traditional Owners.

What is a reconciliation action plan?

A Reconciliation Action Plan (or ‘RAP’) explains our commitment to Reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It builds on our understanding, commitment, and respect for culture. 

Our Innovate RAP: 

  • outlines the tangible actions and initiatives the Shire will take to contribute to reconciliation, both internally and in the wider Mornington Peninsula community. 

  • will provide tangible and substantive benefits for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, increasing economic equity and supporting First Nations self-determination. 

  • will focus on building three pillars of reconciliation: 

  • Respect 
  • Relationships 
  • Opportunities 

The Innovate RAP framework is prearranged and set by Reconciliation Australia

Who can provide input into the Shire's RAP?

We are developing our draft Innovate RAP in close consultation with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members, local Gathering Places and Traditional Owners, our internal Reconciliation Working Group and the wider Mornington Peninsula community. 

We want to hear ideas from a wide range of community members on how we can build and strengthen relationships, show respect, and improve opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

How can I have my say on the Shire's RAP?

The journey towards reconciliation starts with each and every one of us.  

You can contribute your ideas online at RAP Consultation 

Or join us in person at the following locations: 

  • Nairm Marr Djambana, 32R Nursery Ave, Frankston
    15 February, 11am-12 noon
  • Mornington Peninsula Library, 2 Queen Street, Mornington
    14 February, 4pm-7pm
  • Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association, 10C Pound Road, Hastings
    23 February, 10.30am-11.30am

What will you do with my feedback?

Your ideas will be used to create a framework that will guide the Shire in achieving its vision for, and commitment to, protecting and promoting Indigenous cultural heritage, and the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the Mornington Peninsula. 

After feedback has been collated, Shire Officers will draft the Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan. We will then present this draft back to the community to make sure our plan is in line with community expectations.  

The draft plan will also be presented to Reconciliation Australia and Bunurong Land Council for approval. Once we have gained their support the plan will be endorsed by Council in late 2024 for it to be adopted as a working document. 

The strategy is the first phase of a longer term undertaking for the Shire to commit to building respectful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to work together with the Mornington Peninsula community to create a better future for all.