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Acknowledgement of Country

Council is proud to acknowledge the people of the Bunurong as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this land and waters. We recognise the unique diversity of the First Peoples here in Bass Coast. We are committed to an ongoing process of reconciliation and Community strengthening through building strong organisational and community relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

The Bass Coast Reconciliation Network (BCRN) is proud to have supported the development of Bass Coast's first Welcome to Country video.

Australian First Peoples Advisory Committee

Expressions of Interest are now open

Council is establishing its inaugural Australian First Peoples Advisory Committee (AFPAC).

There is up to six community positions on the AFPAC, available to members of our Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

The purpose of the AFPAC will be an advisory role to support Council in its work in Community development. The AFPAC will provide a platform for ongoing engagement between the Community and Council across a broad range of issues. It supports reconciliation and access to culturally appropriate services by raising awareness of Community issues, history and culture and the development of Council policies to support its reconciliation journey.

Representatives from Council and partner agencies will also be on the Committee, ensuring a direct link between the community and the local services it accesses across Bass Coast. Once established, the AFPAC will meet four times a year.

Download the expression of interest form above, once the form is complete, please email it to

More information about the committee can be found in this media release.

For further information, please contact our Aboriginal Development Officer, Patrice Mahoney OAM at or 0438 688 859.

Expressions of Interest close on 11 July 2021.

Reconciliation Action Plan

We are committed to our journey towards reconciliation and to building strong and meaningful relationships with the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work. In recognition of this, we are working towards the development of our first Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), in collaboration with our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and Reconciliation Australia.

In early 2020, Council in partnership with Bass Coast Health engaged Aunty Dr Doseena Fergie to the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Strategic Advisor working across BCSC and BCH.

Aunty Doseena will provide strategic advice to develop and support a vision and actions for reconciliation.

The vision will incorporate the principles of healing, education, empowerment and collaboration so as to provide a culturally appropriate and safe environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in the Bass Coast Shire.

Bass Coast Reconciliation Network

We're proud to be one of four leading Bass Coast organisations, who make upthe Bass Coast Reconciliation Network (BCRN), along with Bass Coast Health, Westernport Water and Phillip Island Nature Parks. Working together with the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, Traditional Owner Organisations, local members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community, and the Bass Coast South Gippsland Reconciliation Group.

The BCRN was established in 2019 and seeks to create a shared future of recognition, opportunity and true partnerships with Traditional Owners and our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. We are an action based group committed to:

  • sharing time, resources and knowledge
  • being a conduit for organisational and community networking
  • building organisational and community knowledge and understanding of reconciliation
  • driving positive social change
  • presenting a united 'organisational' approach to reconciliation

Project Storyboard

The BCRN commissioned indigenous artworks from four Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island artists - Patrice Mahoney, Adam Magennis, Safina Stewart and her daughter Arieta Fergie. The artworks were launched in 2019 as part of National Reconciliation Week 2019 and has been used to further promote recognition and reconciliation across Bass Coast.