Aboriginal community

Reconciliation Action Plan

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

Council recently worked alongside the Kingston Indigenous community in the development of their new Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)(PDF, 6MB).

An Innovate RAP has a key focus on creating and strengthening relationships with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members through innovative strategies, as well as including staff and stakeholders in the spirit of Reconciliation. 

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

What is the Derrimut Weelam Gathering Place?

The Derrimut Wellam Gathering Place is a safe place for First Nations people to get together and develop ideas, enhance cultural identity, social inclusion and improve health and wellbeing.

Located at the Mordialloc Life Saving Club, the DWGP opened in 2017 and is:

  • A place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to connect, learn skills and hear stories from Elders.
  • Designed to build a better future, create opportunities through education, health and economic independence.
  • Be an educational centre for our community to learn about First Nations Australian culture. Repair bridges, strengthen ties and connect with the Traditional Owners of our land.

For information, please contact derrimutweelamgp@gmail.com or connect via Facebook

Who is the Kingston Koorie Mob?

The Kingston Koorie Mob was set up by Parkdale Secondary College for Aboriginal youth in Kingston. It promotes cultural identity, encourages personal and educational development. To find out more, call Katrina, Koorie Leader - Parkdale Secondary College on 9580 6311.

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage

Aboriginal cultural heritage in the City of Kingston is overseen by the following public authorities:

The Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation is a Registered Aboriginal Party and incorporated association. The Land Council covers the traditional lands along the eastern side of Port Phillip Bay, including Mornington Peninsula, Western Port and South Gippsland.

  • The Bunurong Land Council provides cultural heritage and environmental land management advice and is the approval body for Cultural Heritage Management Plans.
  • Aboriginal Victoria is the state government department responsible for administering the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006  and works with Traditional Owners to protect and manage Victoria's Aboriginal cultural heritage.

For more information about this process refer to the Victorian Government's Cultural Heritage Management Plans