Goal 4

Warrnambool’s community acknowledges local Aboriginal history and respects and celebrates Aboriginal culture.

2040 Outcome: 
  • Aboriginal culture is respected and proudly celebrated by the local community and shared with visitors to the City.
  • Health, educational, economic and social disadvantage no longer exists for Aboriginal people.
  • Traditional Owners lead the City’s environmental and cultural heritage management and have direct involvement in whole of community decision making and governance.
  • Learning about Indigenous culture, history and local language is commonplace in schools and workplaces.
  • Most natural attractions and significant places are known by their Aboriginal names (where deemed appropriate by Traditional Owners).
The changes we want by 2026: 
  • All W2040 Partners are actively engaged in partnerships with the Aboriginal community and support a treaty.
  • Acknowledgement of Country is made at all community events, forums and functions including government and council/committee meetings, conferences and training, school assemblies, public performances and shows, committee and board meetings and official openings.
  • Where supported by Traditional Owners, new and existing places in Warrnambool will incorporate Aboriginal names and acknowledge Aboriginal cultural heritage in appropriate ways to increase community cultural awareness.
  • Warrnambool City Council will allocate a permanent place at the Council table for an Aboriginal representative.
  • Warrnambool has an Aboriginal Employment Strategy.
  • Warrnambool’s community services and public facilities are regularly audited and implement continuous improvement to ensure cultural safety and inclusion.
  • More young Aboriginal people will complete year 12 or equivalent than in 2017.
  • More Aboriginal people will achieve post-school vocational or tertiary qualifications than in 2017.
Individuals have committed to an action that supports this goal