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The City of Greater Dandenong Welcomes All

The City of Greater Dandenong Welcomes All

Aboriginal Community

There has always been a strong Aboriginal connection with the land that is now called the City of Greater Dandenong.

The City of Greater Dandenong has an Aboriginal history that stretches back before white settlement to the dreaming. History tells of the Aboriginal people moving off the missions and back onto this land after settlement. Their vision is of walking hand in hand into the future with all the people that now make up this city.


The City of Greater Dandenong is committed to:

  • Respecting Aboriginal sites, objects, places and traditions
  • Consulting with the traditional owners on matters which may impact on those sites, objects, places and traditions
  • Assisting with the education of the broader community about Aboriginal heritage and culture of the municipality and region


Statement of Commitment

In July 1995, the City of Greater Dandenong signed a Statement of Commitment acknowledging the Aboriginal people as the first people of this land.

The statement committed council to working with the community on a range of issues to increase the awareness of the wider community and to work for the elimination of racism or discrimination.

Greater Dandenong has always been and will continue to be proactive in Aboriginal issues and is proud to be seen as a leader in this field.

View Greater Dandenong's Commitment to Aboriginal Australians 1995 (PDF 115KB)


Statement of Acknowledgement

"The City of Greater Dandenong respectfully acknowledges the traditional owners of this land, their spirits and ancestors."

Council encourages you to use this statement of acknowledgement whenever your organisation meets, at functions or at celebrations. The City of Greater Dandenong can be replaced by the name of your organisation. The statement is to be read at the start of the function.


Inter Council Aboriginal Consultative Committee 

The Inter Council Aboriginal Consultative Committee (ICACC) is a partnership between the local Aboriginal community and Local Government. Their aim is to support Aboriginal development and raise Community awareness.

Visit the ICACC website


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