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Aboriginal Community

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.

Click here  to view a list of contact details for other Aboriginal services. 

History

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

Caring for Sea Country” Kingston Koorie Mob and  Aunty Carolyn Briggs on Pelican 1. March 4th 2014.

Video Transcript - download here.

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.

Events

Kingston Council annually celebrates Reconcilation Week, National Sorry Day and NAIDOC Week (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee).

Kingston Reconciliation Week Event :

Cultural Heritage Walk along Mordialloc Creek and talk by Aboriginal Boon wurrung Elder Aunty Carolyn Briggs. Wednesday May 28th 4- 6pm. Bookings essential :

kate.daddo@kingston.vic.gov.au  Kate 95814734.

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 with art exhibition : Sunday 6th July, 2-4pm Shirley Burke Theatre. 
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 July 7th - 11th 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 Kingston Arts Centre Chamber, Moorabbin. Wednesday 9th July 12.30 - 1.30pm. Bookings essential : 9556 4440
  • Performances and art exhibitions at Shirley Burke and kingsotn Arts Centre

 
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.

Contact

To be involved in Council’s work with our Aboriginal community, contact Council’s Community Development Coordinator, Kate Daddo, on 9581 4734 or kate.daddo@kingston.vic.gov.au

Cick here to view a list of contact details for other Aboriginal services.