New Maggolee Website for Councils and Communities launched

On 22 October 2015, Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins launched the new Maggolee website, a resource for local councils to work more closely with Aboriginal communities.

Developed by Reconciliation Victoria and with funding from Victorian Government, the website provides information on how each council engages with the Aboriginal community, as well as information on local Traditional Owners and Aboriginal organisations, key contacts, demographic data, and services.

The website also includes case studies on how councils can better partner with Aboriginal communities on service delivery, the arts, reconciliation, land use, planning and cultural heritage, and support Aboriginal employment and economic participation.

Maggolee is a joint project between Reconciliation Victoria, the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), the Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria and Local Government Victoria (LGV) and is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s efforts to work alongside Aboriginal Victorians in building respect and recognition.

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The Results are in!!

Many Victorian local governments leading the way in Reconciliation!

Victorian Local Government Aboriginal Engagement and Reconciliation Survey 2012  

Download Overview Report – Summary of key findings

Download Statewide Survey Responses

In May 2012 the Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal Affairs wrote to all Victorian local governments asking them to participate in the survey. When the survey closed in July 2012 over 95% of Councils had responded.

Survey results show that many Victorian local governments are leaders in engaging Aboriginal communities and promoting reconciliation. The results demonstrate a significant increase in activities and commitments in the sector over the past decade, since the Toomnangi Report published by the MAV Inter-agency Indigenous Coordination Committee for Local Government in 2002.

Reconciliation Victoria developed the survey in partnership with the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA), the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), Local Government Professionals (LGPro) and the Victorian Indigenous Youth Advisory Council (VIYAC), with support from the Victorian State Government.

Councils have been provided with a report of their own responses compared with State-wide responses in addition to the Overview Report. We hope that this information will enable councils to reflect on the strengths of their current policy and practice and support planning and programming to address gaps.

Survey results are also being used to inform the focus of the Local Government – Aboriginal Partnership Project (LGAPP) which is being developed by a partnership of the MAV, VLGA, LGPro, Reconciliation Victoria, Aboriginal representatives and all three levels of government. 

The LGAPP partners are currently developing sector wide guiding principles and practical tools to support stronger relationships between councils and Aboriginal Victorians.  A draft of these will be put out for consultation shortly.

Reconciliation Victorian is working with LGAPP partners to develop a one-stop-shop website that celebrates excellence and enables local governments to access and share information on Aboriginal engagement and Reconciliation, which we anticipate will be launched at the end of 2012. The guiding principles and practical tools being developed by LGAPP partners will be featured on this site along with case studies and examples of good practice and innovation drawn from survey responses. 

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Promoting Reconciliation through Local Government

In 2010-11 Reconciliation Victoria led the Reconciliation in Local Government Action Research Project, in partnership with the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) and Reconciliation Australia, and with funding support from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria.

The aim of the project was to explore the usefulness, advantages and limitations of the Reconciliation Action Plan tool for Victorian Local Governments to advance reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. The project assisted three local councils to develop Reconciliation Action Plans - Baw Baw Shire Council and the Cities of Whittlesea and Stonnington.

The report of the project has made recommendations related to the Reconciliation Action Plan program for local governments, recommendations directed at individual local governments and recommendations for peak bodies and State government regarding support for the local government sector.

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Download Full Report

RecVic is also a member of the Local Government Aboriginal Partnerships Project: