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 currently working alongside the Kingston Indigenous community in the development of their new Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). 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 Reconciliaition.
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.
View a list of contact details for other Aboriginal services.
The Derrimut Weelam Gathering Place (DWGP)
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 DWGP was opened in 2017 located at 199 Beach Road, Mordialloc, and is co-located with the Mordialloc Life Saving Club. It is a place 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.
For more information about the DWGP please contact email@example.com or connect via Facebook.
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, Mornington Peninsula Shire 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.
For more information please contact Katrina Amon, Koorie Leader at Parkdale Secondary College on 9580 6311.
Local Aboriginal Network
Kingston Council is in the Local Aboriginal Network of the Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development Southern Metro Area.
To be involved in Council’s work with our Aboriginal community, contact Council’s Community Development Team on 9581 4734 or firstname.lastname@example.org.