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Aboriginal Community

The City of Kingston is committed to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and acknowledges that Aboriginal people have a rich and continuous connection to the area that is the City of Kingston.

Council is guided by the Kingston Aboriginal Policy and Action Plan 2014 – 2019 which was developed following extensive consultation with the community and representative bodies of the Aboriginal community. The Action Plan provides a focus for protecting and promoting Aboriginal cultural heritage and the wellbeing of the Aboriginal community in the City of Kingston. A copy can be downloaded from the Strategies & Plans page. 

Council works with our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to acknowledge and promote its rich history, support the Aboriginal community in Kingston, develop and implement Council Policy, and support networks and organisations.

For further information and a statistical profile of Aboriginal people within the Kingston Local Government Area, please click here.

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

 

The Derrimut Weelam Gathering Place and Steering Committee

An Aboriginal Gathering Place is a culturally safe environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to gather, meet and 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 and Torres Strait Islander community in Kingston indicated a wish to establish a Gathering Place in the city, led by Parkdale Secondary College and the Kingston Koorie Mob.

Kingston Council funded the establishment of the Derrimut Weelam Gathering Place and it was opened in 2017 for Kingston’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to gather, meet and celebrate its rich and historic culture. 

 The purpose of the Derrimut Weelam Gathering Place is to:

  • Be a place of welcome for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members where they can connect, learn skills, learn from 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 and Torres Strait Islander participants to close the gap in health, educational and economic outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Aboriginal people.
  • Be an educational resource for the broader Kingston community to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, to promote Aboriginal cultural heritage, and to strengthen community connections and connections to Traditional Owners.

The Derrimut Weelam Gathering Place is currently seeking interest from members of the community who are Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islanders to form a Steering Committee to help develop and expand the use of the space.

The purpose of the Steering Committee is to:

  • Expand utilisation of the space and ensure the facility is utilised to its maximum capacity.
  • Become an incorporated body that can stand alone as a self-sustaining and community-led Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander group.

For further information, you can refer to the Expression of Interest form and Terms of Reference. For other queries, please contact 

  • Katrina Amon, Koorie Leader at Parkdale Secondary College on 9580 6311
  • Elisabetta Robecchi at Kingston Council on 9581 4734. 

Please return Expressions of Interest to community@kingston.vic.gov.au

 

The Derrimut Weelam Gathering Place is located at 199 Beach Road. Mordialloc and is co-located with the Mordialloc Life Saving Club. The Derrimut lam Gathering Place is auspiced by Parkdale Secondary College. Bookings and further information can be made by contacting Parkdale Secondary College on 9580 6311. 

Access and Equity Advisory Committee

The Access and Equity Advisory Committee was established to provide information and advice to Council. The Advisory Committee includes representatives from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Inter Council Aboriginal Consultative Committee

 The Inter Council Aboriginal Consultative Committee (ICACC) was established in 1997 by Aboriginal people and local Councils.  Today, ICACC is represented by the Aboriginal community and the City of Casey, City of Greater Dandenong, City of Frankston and City of Kingston.

The aim of ICACC is to support Aboriginal Communities across the four council areas and to raise awareness of Local Government amongst those communities.

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 Aboriginal Network

Kingston Council is in the Local Aboriginal Network of the Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development Southern Metro Area.

Contact

To be involved in Council’s work with our Aboriginal community, contact Council’s Community Engagement Team, on 9581 4734 or community@kingston.vic.gov.au