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Hobsons Bay City Council acknowledges the Bunurong People of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of these municipal lands and waterways, and extends this acknowledgement to all Traditional Owners throughout Australia. We recognise the continuing connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to Country, and pay our respect to Elders past and present.

Reconciliation is everyone’s business

We are updating our Reconciliation Action Plan, and are seeking your input.

At its heart, reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples, for the benefit of all Australians.

As the level of government closest to the community, local councils play a leadership role in fostering reconciliation and can contribute in each of the five dimensions of reconciliation, as identified by Reconciliation Australia, namely:

  • Race relations
  • Equality and Equity
  • Institutional integrity
  • Unity
  • Historical acceptance.

What is a reconciliation action plan?

A reconciliation action plan (RAP) is a document that outlines strategies and meaningful actions that can be delivered by Hobsons Bay to support reconciliation initiatives and objectives.

The framework for developing a reconciliation action plan is overseen by Reconciliation Australia and is based around the following core pillars:



Strong, trusting and respectful relationships between the broader community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.



Understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, rights and experiences.



Equal participation in a range of opportunities, which is crucial for the wellbeing of all, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Join the conversation

Alongside broader community consultation, we will be speaking with direct stakeholders including local Elders, Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, First Nations owned or operated businesses and creative sector, community representatives active in reconciliation, and our sister city Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council.

Click on the links below to join the conversation - you can contribute in as many ways as you like.

  • Prefer in-person?

    We will be hosting a series of in-person opportunities over coming months.

    Check back here for details, or click the 'follow' button at the top of this page to be notified via email.

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What does reconciliation look like to you?

Share your ideas for how we can show respect, improve relationships, and create more opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Please note your contribution may be shared on this digital board for others to see.

You can also upload photos, drawings or videos to demonstrate your ideas, and we encourage you to ‘like’ other ideas shared on this page.

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Interpreter Service

If you are a non-English seaker, you can call Hobsons Bay interpreter service for free on:

9932 1212

Contact Us

Our friendly customer service call centre is open Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5pm to assist with all enquiries

Phone 1300 179 944
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