Council works with its local Aboriginal community to acknowledge and promote its rich history, support the Aboriginal community in Kingston today, develop and implement Council Policy, and support committees, networks organisations.
Council's work is guided by it's Aboriginal Policy and Action Plan 2014-2019. A copy can be downloaded from the Strategies & Plans page.
Click here to view a list of contact details for other Aboriginal services.
Kingston has a rich Aboriginal history, and today we have a proud vibrant Aboriginal culture.
The Boonwurrung people of past connected with the land and waterways in the area. Activities and campsites dependent on the seasons have left their evidence of middens and scarred trees throughout Kingston. In good weather they camped along the foreshore while in poor weather they sought shelter in woodland or near rocks.
Further inland lived the Wurundjeri-baluk clan of the Woiworung tribe. All these people belonged to a nation of Aboriginal people known as the Kulin nation who occupied most of Western and Central Victoria. A camping reserve was set up for the Boonwurrung at Mordialloc in the early 1840s and this site is now marked with the Aboriginal Flag flying beside the Mordialloc Creek.
The Derrimut Weelam Gathering Place
An Aboriginal Gathering Place is a culturally safe environment for Aboriginal people to gather, meet and to establish a connection to each other and local culture. This space provides an opportunity for the development of community led and driven cultural programs which will enhance cultural identity, social inclusion and improved health and wellbeing.
The local Aboriginal community in Kingston indicated a desire to establish a Gathering Place in the city, led by Parkdale Secondary College and their Kingston Koorie Mob (which involves other local Secondary Schools). The Kingston Koorie Mob is a cultural group for local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary students that provides cultural education, including promoting cultural identity, opportunities to connect with community, setting goals, personal development and encouraging educational outcomes.
Kingston Council funded the establishment a Gathering Place to accommodate the Kingston Koorie Mob, auspiced by Parkdale Secondary College, in the redeveloped Mordialloc Life Saving Club.
The purpose of the Derrimut Weelam Gathering Place is:
- To provide a space for the Kingston Koorie Mob to meet, and to learn about and celebrate their cultural heritage. The space will offer the Kingston Koorie Mob a sense of belonging and community, and provide respect for their identity and culture;
- To be a place of welcome for Aboriginal community members where they can connect, learn skills, learn from Aboriginal Elders and Traditional Owners, share cultural heritage and hear about local cultural history. It will be a space for creating dialogue and education around health and wellbeing for all ages of Aboriginal participants to close the gap in health, educational and economic outcomes between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people; and
- To be a resource for the broader Kingston community to learn about Aboriginal culture, to promote Aboriginal cultural heritage and to strengthen community connections and connections to Traditional Owners.
The Gathering Place is located on 199 Beach Rd Mordialloc on the foreshore, and is co-located with the Mordialloc Life Saving Club.
Council Committees and Networks
Aboriginal Sub-Committee - Access and Equity
The Aboriginal Sub-Committee is part of the Access and Equity Advisory Committee. This Committee was established to provide information and advice to Council on equitable service distribution to all residents. It represents the equal rights of all people in the community to enjoy access to all goods and services and to be treated with equal respect. The Aboriginal Sub Committee meets bi-monthly and has a role in relevent Council events, services and policy development.
Inter Council Aboriginal Consultative Committee
Kingston Council is part of the Inter Council Aboriginal Consultative Committee (ICACC), a committee represented by seven Local Government areas with Aboriginal representatives committed to reconciliation, respect, education and health and well being for Aboriginal people.
Go to the ICACC website to know more.
Kingston Koorie Mob
Council supports the Kingston Koorie Mob, a program coordinated through Parkdale Secondary College for Aboriginal youth in Kingston. The program highlights cultural identity, promotes goal setting, personal development and encourages educational outcomes.
Local Indigenous Network
Kingston Council is in the Local Indigenous Network of the Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development Southern Metro Area.
To be involved in Council’s work with our Aboriginal community, contact Council’s Community Engagement Team, on 9581 4734 or firstname.lastname@example.org