Council reflects on reconciliation with new action plan

Published on 09 March 2023

This is a detail from the mural Family and Future (Past, Present and Future … Emerging) at the Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre, by Aboriginal artist Fiona Clarke.

As part of Council’s commitment to reconciliation, we’ve started on our journey to develop our first Reconciliation Action Plan, known as a Reflect RAP.

All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, reconciliation partners and the broader Nillumbik community are invited to get involved and provide input into the RAP’s development throughout March and April.

The RAP will be Council’s formal commitment to support First Nations peoples’ rights, culture, heritage, needs and aspirations.

It will outline the approach Council will take to progress reconciliation and work alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in all Council services.

Mayor Ben Ramcharan said developing the RAP was a positive step for Council in its reconciliation journey.

“We are committed to reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and the actions we can take as a Council in everything we do to achieve this.

“We will be working closely with Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Elders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and stakeholders to ensure we are heading in the right direction,” Cr Ramcharan said.

“I really hope everyone in our community can get involved, give us your feedback, share your suggestions and ideas.”

There are two ways to get involved:

  • Complete the community survey at Participate Nillumbik,
  • Attend one of three community sessions, either online or in person -

Wednesday 22 March, 6pm-7.30pm
Register your interest to attend

Tuesday 28 March, 10am-12pm
Eltham Community Reception Centre
Register your interest to attend

Saturday 1 April, 9am-11am
Hurstbridge Community Hub
Register your interest to attend

Consultation closes at 11.59pm, Friday 28 April 2023 and feedback will be used to prepare a draft Reconciliation Action Plan, which will be released for further community engagement later in the year.

For more information, go to Participate Nillumbik,