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Strathbogie Shire Council and TLaWC sign MoU

A Memorandum of Understanding between the Taungurung people and Strathbogie Shire Council has been officially signed and adopted.

The MoU with the Taungurung Land and Waters Council (TLaWC) will ensure compliance with the following legislation, reducing Council’s risk exposure and most importantly strengthening the relationship with first peoples, and the Traditional Owners of Taungurung Country:

  • Native Title Act 1993 (Commonwealth);
  • Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 (State); and
  • Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 (State).

In addition, the MoU recognises Australia’s (and therefore Council’s) obligations arising out of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Strathbogie Shire Council Mayor Cr Chris Raeburn said the MoU will govern interactions between Council and the TLaWC.

“In the spirit of reconciliation and partnership, the MoU will build practical and mutually respectful and beneficial connections between Council and the TLaWC,” Cr Raeburn said.

Taungurung Land and Waters Council Chief Executive Officer Matthew Burns commended Strathbogie Shire Council for their leadership in strengthening relationships with Traditional Owners.

“The signing of this MoU is significant for the Taungurung people and elevates our role in land use planning matters undertaken by local government bodies,” Mr Burns said.

“The leadership shown in being the first Shire Council to sign an MoU of this kind is to be commended, highlighting respect and acknowledgement of Taungurung Country.”

“We look forward to the growth and progression of this partnership with Council into the future.”

The following principals underpin the MoU:

  • The Taungurung people are acknowledged as the first peoples, and Traditional Owners of Taungurung Country
  • The arrival of non-aboriginal people to Taungurung Country brought massive change to the landscape and way of life of the Taungurung people
  • The Council desires to address the past and embrace the process of reconciliation
  • TLaWC and the Council are committed to working together to support the Taungurung people’s self-determination
  • The Council respect, and hold in strong regard the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage, traditions, customs and beliefs of the Taungurung people
  • The parties agree that improvements in Aboriginal participation, health and wellbeing outcomes will realise long term benefits for the community as a whole

View a list of Acknowledgement to Country options here.



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