The Boroondara Reconciliation Strategy 2022-26 was officially adopted by Council on 28 March.
This is a significant milestone in our journey to progressing reconciliation in Boroondara and builds on the actions and initiatives achieved to date.
It speaks to our broader vision of creating a community where the histories, cultures, knowledge, achievements and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are acknowledged, respected, considered and celebrated.
To develop the strategy, we worked collaboratively and consulted with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and organisations including Boroondara’s Traditional Owners, the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation. This helped us understand the role Council and our community can play in the reconciliation process.
The strategy outlines a clear, four-year roadmap for implementing reconciliation initiatives and contains a number of actions that will be undertaken in response to findings from the consultation and research. It also details actions Council is already undertaking to progress reconciliation, ensuring these continue to be prioritised and built upon.
The artwork featured on the cover of the strategy, which will be released during National Reconciliation Week, is by local artist Lewis Wandin-Bursill.
Lewis is a proud young Wurundjeri man of the Woi-wurrung language group. As an emerging artist, his recent works have been informed by his interest in the traditional ways of his ancestors.
Carving and etching has always been an integral part of Aboriginal culture, and Lewis has been gifted this knowledge. The carved design style Lewis uses references his relationship with his four-time great uncle William Barak, exploring symmetry and the natural lines of nature. The designs being used are the signature of Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung. Barak carved and etched these designs onto bark and cloaks.
Join us for the launch of the Boroondara Reconciliation Strategy
We invite you to join us at the official launch of the strategy at a special event held during National Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June). Highlights will include a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony.
Where: Balwyn Community Centre
Date: Thursday 2 June
Time: 11am to 12:30pm