“We acknowledge that we are on traditional lands of the Kulin Nation. We offer our respect to the Elders of these traditional lands, and through them to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples past and present.”
A connection lasting more than 40,000 years
Aboriginal people have a deep and continuous connection to the place now called Victoria. Aboriginal people have lived in the Maribyrnong River valley for at least 40,000 years and probably far longer.
Maribyrnong is an anglicised version of the Aboriginal term ‘Mirring-gnay-bir-nong’, which translates as 'I can hear a ringtail possum'.
The original inhabitants of the Maribyrnong area were the Woiwurrung and Boonwurrung tribes of the Kulin people.
Many sacred sites have been identified and further information about them can be found in Council's Aboriginal Heritage Study 1999(DOC, 694KB).
European settlement in Maribyrnong in the 1830s had a massive impact on Aboriginal people – decimating communities, displacing families and disrupting lives. And yet in spite of this, Aboriginal culture remains a dynamic force in contemporary society, contributing to the diverse and thriving inner west.
An estimated 10 per cent of Victoria's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations live in Melbourne's western region. In the 2016 Census total of 431 people identified as Indigenous. While likely to be undercounted in official figures, Victoria’s Aboriginal population is growing.
Today, Aboriginal people live in every suburb of the City of Maribyrnong and many also come here to work and study, for worship and leisure, and to access a range of services and resources.
Council celebrates and acknowledges the following:
Information on policy and programs, protocols and cultural awareness, key contacts, relevant local data, news and events are available on on the Maggollee website developed by Reconciliation Victoria.
Our libraries hold a collection of items relating to Australia's Indigenous peoples and culture. These items are available for loan at Maribyrnong Libraries.
“Still Here - a brief history of Aboriginal people in Melbourne's west” was produced in 1996 by the Melbourne Living Museum of the West
To learn about Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement protocols visit Aboriginal Victoria website.