In their recently revealed 10 year drafted plan, the City of Boroondara has failed to mention the traditional owners of the land, the Wurundjeri people, in any aspect of the Council's future. They have since said that Acknowledgement of Country and Cultural support for the Wurundjeri people was not brought to the attention of Council. The Wurundjeri Council have not been consulted.
The Boroondara Reconciliation Network, with approval from Wurundjeri Council have submitted recommendations. In addition a local Catholic and local Anglican church have submitted recommendations. You can read the draft and have your say here.
In 2016, the City of Boroondara declared Acknowledgement of Country to be non-mandatory in meetings. Since then, the Boroondara Reconciliation Network has run two public meetings and started a petition to reinstate the Acknowledgement of Country. The petition has received over 600 signatures and many expressed their disappointment and outarage at the public meetings. Acknowledgement of Country has not been spoken in any Council meeting since beingmade non-mandatory.
The 10 year draft plan is a continuation of the Council's failure to Acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the Council on which the Council sits.