Council acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land that makes up Baw Baw Shire. We pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.
In 2000 Baw Baw Shire Council committed through our statement of reconciliation to build mutually respectful relationships between Indigenous and other Australians that allows us to work together to solve problems and generate success that is in everyone's best interests.
Council is committed to walking together in harmony, friendship, reconciliation and recognition. In 2013, Council formally reaffirmed our Statement of Reconciliation and it is now displayed formally in the Council Chambers in the Civic Offices. It asserts our commitment to recognising aboriginal culture and heritage into the future and working towards a future where all residents will enjoy equality and achieve their full potential.
National Reconciliation Week
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.
Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Significance of 27 May and 3 June
May 27 and June 3 are important dates in Australia’s history. May 27 marks the anniversary of the 1967 referendum when Australians voted to remove clauses in the Australian Constitution that discriminated against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The day before National Reconciliation Week, 26 May, is National Sorry Day, which was first held in Sydney in 1998 and is now commemorated nationally to remember and honour the Stolen Generations.
June 3 marks the historic 1992 Mabo decision in which the High Court of Australia recognised native title. National Reconciliation Week is an ideal time for organisations, schools, universities and workplaces to join the reconciliation conversation. It is a chance to work towards the goal of building respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians, and to create a fair and equal society.
For more information please visit Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission and Reconciliation Victoria.