RECONCILIATION BANYULE

Our Vision

That all Australians will respect and acknowledge that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are the traditional custodians of this land, Australia.

That the wrongs of the past will be known, acknowledged and righted.

That all Australians will live together in justice, harmony, and with respect for one another.

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Reconciliation Banyule acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people as the traditional custodians of this land and we pay respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, past, present and future.


Working with the community to bring change

We believe the education of the community about indigenous history, culture and issues is of primary importance. The great silence leading to general ignorance must be reversed. No real progress will be made until informed effort and substantial public money are devoted to this issue. It will not happen until voters demand it of politicians.

Reconciliation Banyule:

  • Respects Indigenous Australians as the traditional custodians of this land.

  • Supports the ULURU Statement from the Heart.

  • Seeks to build relationships with local Elders and the local Indigenous Community, and ensure their Voice is heard.

  • Promotes events and contacts which express the Aboriginal voice and their aspirations.

  • Works to increase knowledge and understanding of First Nations’ 65,000+ year history, of past wrongs, and of current relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous citizens.

  • Works to foster Reconciliation within our Australian community.

Learn more about our objectives.


Get involved

Our committee meets monthly.

Our members and supporters work together in many ways to help to improve awareness of Indigenous issues and progress reconciliation in Banyule and Melbourne.

Join us to get involved. Some of our regular activities include:

  • Encouraging the City of Banyule to recognise and acknowledge the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung at all their events, to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan, and to provide opportunities for residents to live and grow together with respect, justice & in harmony.

  • Encouraging other community groups to acknowledge the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung as traditional custodians of our local area.

  • Working with other organisations such as libraries, schools, tertiary facilities, health services and other Reconciliation groups.

  • Supporting Indigenous organisations such as Barrbunin Beek (Aboriginal Gathering Place) and Banyule Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee (BATSIAC).

  • Participating in public First Peoples’ events as appropriate, such as Sorry Day, Survival Day, Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week (National Aboriginal and Islander Celebration Week).

  • Making available for loan a small library of books and DVDs (movies and documentaries) of Indigenous stories or topics on request.

  • Providing displays and staffing of information stalls at public forums, community festivals and events. Conducting information sessions, supplying speakers.

Our membership fee is $5/year and allows you to attend regular meetings, vote at our AGM and represent Reconciliation Banyule at events.

Contact us to find out more.