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Aboriginal Community in Knox

Knox City Council acknowledges the traditional custodians of the City of Knox, the Wurundjeri and Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation.

Aboriginal performance at Knox Civic Centre

Knox has the second largest population of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Melbourne's Eastern Metropolitan Region. The 2016 Census identified an increase of over 38.6% since 2011, with an estimated 754 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in Knox. The median age of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in Knox is 22 years, in comparison to 39 years for Non-Indigenous persons.

Current Aboriginal reconciliation measures

Knox City Council is committed to progressing Aboriginal reconciliation in practical and symbolic ways. This has been achieved through initiatives including:

  • Acknowledgement of Traditional Land Owners Policy
  • Permanently flying the Aboriginal Flag at the Knox Civic Centre
  • Annual Sorry Day flag raising and ceremony held on 26 May
  • NAIDOC Week celebrations held in the first week of July
  • Acknowledgement of Country at Council’s gateway signage
  • Various community art projects including Perspectives on Place: Bunjil Way and Connecting to Place, Connecting People
  • Support and participation in the Bush Tucker Yarning Circle Program conducted at Ferntree Gully Community Arts Centre
  • Participation in the Inner East Local Aboriginal Network
  • Delivery of Aboriginal Cultural Competency Training to Council staff

Community Access and Equity Implementation Plan 2017 - 2021

Knox City Council recognises that it has an important role in ensuring that all people are supported to fully participate in the community, that their human rights are protected and promoted and that they have equitable and dignified access to information, goods, services and life opportunities.

The Knox Community Access and Equity Implementation Plan 2017 -2021 guides Council action and outlines Council’s commitment and vision for addressing access and equity issues in Knox as well as promoting diversity, access and inclusion.

Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners

Prior to Council meetings, Civic Events and in important Council documents, the traditional owners of the land are acknowledged. The purpose of this is to promote greater community awareness regarding our Aboriginal history and to demonstrate leadership by formally acknowledging our Aboriginal history in the spirit of reconciliation.

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