Aboriginal Community

Bass Coast Shire Council respectfully acknowledges the traditional owners of the land on which the Shire stands, the Bunurong/Boon Wurrung people.

The Bunurong/Boon Wurrung people are the indigenous people of south-eastern Victoria. Their traditional land extends from the Werribee River in the north-west, down to Wilsons Promontory in the south-east, taking in the catchments of the old Carrum swamp, Western Port Bay and the Tarwin River, and including Mornington Peninsula, Phillip and French Islands.

Bunurong/Boon Wurrung people are part of a language group or nation known as Kulin. Bunurong/Boon Wurrung people often prefer to be known as Kulin rather than Koorie which is a word from a different language.

Bass Coast Shire Council flies the Aboriginal flag at customer service centres and acknowledges the Traditional Owners at the start of meetings and events. Council also celebrates significant dates such as Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC week. Council can provide information on local contacts for Welcome to Country and smoking ceremonies. 

How many indigenous people live in Bass Coast?

At the 2016 Census, 303 people (0.9%) identified themselves as having Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origins. (2006 Census: 159 people (0.6%)).



Community groups have organised events to celebrate NAIDOC Week.

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