Council's Draft Aboriginal Policy 2013 is open for public comment until Friday 18 October 2013.
This policy commits to working with the local Aboriginal community to develop a platform of principles that guide current and future actions to protect and promote Aboriginal cultural heritage. It was endorsed by Council to be released for public comment at the Council meeting on Monday 2 September 2013.
Go to the Have Your Say! page to read the Draft and tell us what you think about it.
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.
Kingston has a rich Aboriginal history, and today we have a proud vibrant Aboriginal culture.
The Boon wurunng 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 Boon wurrung at Mordialloc in the early 1840s and this site is now marked with the Aboriginal Flag flying beside the Mordialloc Creek.
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.
Kingston Council annually celebrates Reconcilation Week, National Sorry Day and NAIDOC Week (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee).
Kingston Marks NAIDOC with a Month of Events
NAIDOC recognises the culture, history and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. For the fourth year running, Council is celebrating NAIDOC with a month-long program featuring music, exhibitions, lighting projections and culinary delights.
NAIDOC events commence with a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony on Sunday, 7 July at 2pm at G3 Artspace, Shirley Burke Theatre, Parkdale. The launch has been programmed to coincide with the opening of prominent Indigenous artist Vicki Couzens’ exhibition,wangan ngootyoong' (respect, deep listening). Couzens exhibition runs to Wednesday 31 July.
Other highlights of Kingston's NAIDOC celebrations include:
- New media lighting projections featuring artwork from Kingston's Koorie Kids Network on Kingston City Hall’s iconic Clock Tower in Moorabbin, from 6pm-9pm daily throughout NAIDOC week.
- A vibrant and innovative cooking demonstration and luncheon by Charcoal Lane, a restaurant that specialises in Indigenous cuisine, at 12.30pm on Wednesday, 10 July at Kingston Arts Centre Chamber, Moorabbin.
- An exclusive performance by Tjintu Desert Band at 8pm on Thursday, 18 July at Kingston Arts Centre, Moorabbin. The band hails from Haasts Bluff / Ikunjti, 250km west of Alice Springs and has an energetic sound that encompasses funk, rock and desert reggae, with lyrics sung in both Luritja and English.
For more information about Kingston's NAIDOC events, please call Kingston Arts Box Office on 9556 4440 or the Arts and Cultural Development Coordinator on 9581 4692 or go to the Kingston Arts website.
To be involved in Council’s work with our Aboriginal community, contact Council’s Community Development Coordinator, Kate Daddo, on 9581 4734 or email@example.com
Cick here to view a list of contact details for other Aboriginal services.