Traditional Owners

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Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians

The Colac Otway Shire proudly acknowledges the Gulidjan and Gadubanud peoples of the Eastern Maar Nation as the traditional custodians of the Colac Otway Region. We acknowledge that the Colac Otway Shire is located and conducts business upon lands of the Gulidjan and Gadubanud people.

We pay our respects to their Ancestors and Elders, past, present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship to their traditional lands, which continue to be important to them today and into the future.

Reconciliation Action Plan

Colac Otway Shire – Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan

Reconciliation Action Plans promote and facilitate respect, trust and positive relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Our vision is for a just, equitable and reconciled Australia.

Our role is to set out, in partnership with our community, a clear roadmap toward a reconciled, just and equitable shire. We strive to be a community that values diversity and celebrates culture. The Reflect RAP is guiding Council to look within our organisation to understand how we can nurture and lead reconciliation in our shire. As we work together, building relationships based on mutual respect and understanding, we will continue to grow as a vibrant and inclusive community.

More information about Reconciliation Action Plans can be found at Reconciliation Australia.

A Gifted Spear

Gifted Spear from Traditional Owners

This spear is a gift from the local Aboriginal cultural dance group Koontapool Karween to the Colac Otway Shire Council on 10th July 2018 at the civic NAIDOC Week flag raising ceremony.

The spear was used in the Smoke Ceremony and Spear Dance performed on the grassed area at the front of the Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre (COPACC) before a large gathering of people.

The gifted spear represents the continuation of traditional culture in the Otway region.

It was carried to Gulidjan Country, on which COPACC sits, from Gadubanud Country as a sign of respect and giving to all, particularly those who made the process possible.

Its design includes burnings representing five celebrated clan groups in Gadubanud Country, five broader language groups touching Colac and together symbolises two hands coming together with the broader community as one.

The gifted spear is located in the reception area of the Colac Otway Shire's Rae Street office.