Local Reconciliation Groups

There are currently 24 Local Groups supported by ANTaR Victoria. If you want to find out about how to help in your area, what's happening around, and the supporting role of these groups check out the closest group to you!

Each is governed uniquely, with differing relations to local councils and Traditional Owners of Country, reflecting the vast identities, challenges, and perspectives around Victoria.

Bass Coast/South Gippsland Reconciliation Group
Contact: Marg Lynn, ph: 0419361039
Florence Hydon, ph: 5674 2069
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Current focus: Community-led push to change the name of the McMillan electorate through petitioning and education of the wider public. The drive to change the electorate name is due to McMillan’s involvement in massacres of the Indigenous population in the 1840s.

Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner - Melbourne City Council commemoration of two Aboriginal men from Tasmania hanged in 1852. They represent the spirit of the Aboriginal resistance to colonial occupation, and the memorial stands as a reminder and reflection of the frontier wars. Bass Coast/South Gippsland Reconciliation Group aims to work with local council to organize a commemoration also in Cape Patterson.

Bendigo Reconciliation Committee
Contact: Stephanie Armstrong, email: sarmstrong611@yahoo.com.au
John Bonnice, email: john.bonnice@anglicarevic.org.au
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The group meets monthly at Anglicare Victoria-St Luke’s Region Mundy St site, every third Wednesday from 12pm-2pm.

Current focus: Raising awareness and strengthening Reconciliation in the Bendigo area.

Boroondarra Reconciliation Network
Contact: David Crawford, ph: 9859 3536
Michel Beuchat, ph: 9859 5840 / 0418 5678 03

Current focus:  Reinstatement of Acknowledgement to Country at the start of council meetings. The City of Boroondarra council recently voted to make the Acknowledgement optional.

Castlemaine ANTaR
Contact: Vic Say, ph: 5472 1841

Current focus: Reconciliation Stone unveiled by the Civic Centre in Castlemaine, which was made possible through funds raised by ANTaR Castlemaine. The Stone is designed to engage both the Indigenous and non-Indigenous community and commemorate the culture of the traditional owners, and the commitment to support the local Aboriginal community. The stone was launched on the Tuesday of Reconciliation Week 2017.   

Supporting the Koorie Family Homework Centre – a weekly program that works with schools to support local Aboriginal children to help them reach educational goals, and The Meeting Place, a fortnightly program held during school terms for the Aboriginal children within the Mount Alexander shire for the students to learn about the local Jara Jara culture and complete activities that are culturally enriching, such as dance, song, art, planting of Indigenous flora. 

Concerned Australians
Contact: Georgina Gartland, ph: 0412 396 388, email: gegart21@gmail.com
Pia Pagotto, ph: 0419 541 733, email: info@concernedaustralians.com.au
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Current focus: NT Intervention and human rights, moving towards treaty/treaties.

Darebin Reconciliation Group

Contact: Walter Franz, ph: 0427 566 539, email: darebinreconciliation@gmail.com

Current focus: Darebin Reconciliation Group is currently rallying for a Wurundjeri Centre in Darebin to support the Wurundjeri people. The group also aims to create a network among government councils on Wurundjeri Country  to create a more cohesive relationship between all municipalities and the Wurundjeri Council.

Geelong One Fire Reconciliation Group
Contact: geelongonefire@gmail.com
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The group (usually) meets on the third Tuesday evening of each month at 7.30pm. All meetings will be at Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-op, Morgan Street, North Geelong. Please email geelongonefire@gmail.com if you would like to attend a meeting.

Current focus: One Fire and Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative have worked together to develop the www.djillong.net.au website, which was developed by Uncle David Tournier with support of One Fire member, Glenda MacNaughton.  

Geelong One Fire Reconciliation Group aims to foster and promote reconciliation in the region. “One Fire” reflects our desire to achieve the meeting of people “around the fire” in mutual respect and understanding.

Get Up Out West
Contact: Jenni Mitchell, email: jbmitch@westnet.com.au
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Current focus: Respect, rights and recognition for Aboriginal culture, the oldest living continuous culture on the planet. 

Indigenous Residents Group for Bacchus Marsh and Surrounds
Contact: Danielle Cooper, ph: 0402 087 335, email: jackdannielle1@hotmail.com
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Marngrook in Mainstream Inc.
Contact: Jim Poulter, ph: 03 9842 3598, email: jimpoulter@bigpond.com
Uncle Bill Nicholson, email: bill@wurundjeri.com.au
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Current focus:  ‘Marngrook in Mainstream Inc.’ (MiM) continues to promote reconciliation by playing the traditional Aboriginal football game of Marngrook at school and community levels. This includes playing demonstration games at public occasions such as local festivals and AFL and other football league match days.

Maroondah Movement for Reconciliation
Contact: Bob Heaton, ph: 9723 1646, email: rjheaton@optusnet.com.au
Tom Gay, ph: 9870 8328, email: tomjoyce@aanet.com.au

The group meets bi-monthly on Mondays to discuss issues relating to Aboriginal reconciliation. Upcoming meetings: Monday, 19 June 2017 7:45pm, Monday, 14 August 2017 7:45pm. See the website to join: click here 

Current focus: Assisting council and Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place group events, and liaising with council during Reconciliation Week program. Lobbying and supporting Maroondah City Council in fostering Aboriginal reconciliation in the City of Maroondah.

The group has a stall annually at Maroondah Festival in November and also supports the annual community day at the Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place around March/April.   

Monash Reconciliation Group
Contact: Marjory Walker, email: mrg2009@live.com.au
Felicity Smith, ph: 8503 7942, email: felicityjts@gmail.com
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The group meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm at The Highway Gallery.

Moonee Valley Reconciliation Group
Contact: Michelle Isles, email: michelleisles13@gmail.com

Nillumbik Reconciliation Group
Contact: Jan Aitken, ph: 9439 0342, email: aitken59@bigpond.net.au
Diana Warrell, ph: 9439 8565, email: dcwarrell@bigpond.com
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Business Meetings of the Nillumbik Reconciliation Group are usually held on the first Tuesday of each month (except January). If you would like to attend please contact Diana Warrell for time and location.

Members are given advance notice of other meetings - discussions, lectures, presentations, etc. - by mail, email, News sheet or Newsletter. You are welcome to contact any member of the Committee or you can email or write to the Group for the latest update.

Current focus: The Nillumbik Reconciliation Group has a long history promoting reconciliation and educating the community about Aboriginal history and issues. It is a volunteer-based, non-profit incorporated group committed to furthering the process of reconciliation with Australia's Indigenous peoples – the first Australians. Based in the Shire of Nillumbik, the Group aims to cultivate and promote the issues of reconciliation in the local region. 

Port Phillip Citizens for Reconciliation
Contact: Rosemary Rule, ph: 0418675734, email: rosemary.rule@gmail.com
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The group meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 6.30pm at Community Hub, South Melbourne Town Hall, Fishley Street entrance and are open to all interested people.

Current focus:  Working closely with the City of Port Phillip, participating in events such as Sorry Day, NAIDOC Week, local community festivals, hosting talks and publishing MUNGO (an informative monthly newsletter). 

Queenscliff Reconciliation Mob
Contact: Jo Whitehead, ph: 5258 1722, email: guku@aapt.net.au
John Murray, ph: 5258 4397
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Current focus: A small active group who support reconciliation between Indigenous and non Indigenous Australians and who plan community activities as part of Reconciliation Week.

Reconciliation Banyule

Contact: Terry Makin, ph: 0409 805 579, email: tdmakin@bigpond.net.au
Peter Harvey, ph: 9499 2005, email: harveypet@gmail.com
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The group meets monthly at Ivanhoe Uniting Church, 19 Seddon Street, Ivanhoe to discuss how we can help to improve awareness of Indigenous issues and progress reconciliation in Banyule and Melbourne.

The group holds monthly film nights also at the Ivanhoe Uniting Church, see the website for details and upcoming films.

Current focus: Working closely with Banyule CIty Council, offering advice and helping to keep reconciliation and Aboriginal needs on the Council's agenda. 

Reconciliation Manningham
Contact: Jim Poulter, ph: 9842 3598, email: jpoulter@aapt.net.au
Bridget Halge, ph: 9812 0588, email: halgeb@optusnet.com.au
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Contact Reconciliation Manningham to participate and volunteer to assist with publicity, film nights, information stalls, festivals and other events, teaching, networking, or administrative support.

Current focus: Engaging with councils and language groups to consider and collect Aboriginal place names and their meanings within municipalities with the aim of creating an inventory. Pushing for Indigenous places names to be considered as replacements or additions to current place names. Educating the public on history and meaning of place names and Aboriginal songlines.     

Reconciliation Stonnington
Contact: Keith Gove, ph: 9819 9106, email: kgove@ozemail.com.au
Ro Bailey, ph: 9819 9106, email: ro.celebrant@ozemail.com.au
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Reconciliation Stonnington Incorporated meets on the second Tuesday of each month (except January) between 6 and 7:30pm at the Grattan Gardens Community Centre. New members are always welcome.

Current focus: promoting a deeper understanding, respect and harmony between Indigenous Australians and the wider community, developing community awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal history, culture, and achievements, and consulting and seeking advice from Aboriginal communities, where possible.

Shepparton Region Reconciliation Group
Contact: Dierdre Robertson, ph: 5821 6600 / 5854 836, email: dierdre@hearsoft.com.au
Bobby Nicholls, ph: 0434 279 653

The group meets on the first Monday of each month at 1pm at Sandhurst Catholic Care, 68 Wyndham Street, Shepparton. Contact Shepparton Region Reconciliation Group for confirmation and more information.

Current focus: Shepparton Regional Reconciliation Group works in partnership with Greater Shepparton City Council and Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative to host an annual Apology Breakfast to the mark the anniversary of Kevin Rudd's 2008 apology to the Stolen Generations. The group was also focused on the launch of the mural of Sir Douglas Nicholls and William Cooper which is part of the on-going Aboriginal Street Art Project in the region.

TR@K Towards Reconciliation at Knox
Contact: Ray Higgs, ph: 9758 1009, email: higgzes@optusnet.com.au

The groups meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7.30-9:30pm. The venue is usually U3A 1A Park Boulevard Ferntree Gully Mel 64 F11, however contact TR@K Towards Reconciliation for confirmation.

Current focus: To raise awareness of the injustice and ongoing struggle that European invasion has caused the Aboriginal community, to acknowledge the Aboriginal people, history and culture, and to strengthen relationships between the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities by creating Meeting Places.

Whitehorse Friends for Reconciliation
Contact: Howard Tankey, ph: 9898 2514, email: howardtankey@bigpond.com
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The group meets bimonthly on the second Thursday of the month, at 7.30pm at Mitcham Community House, 19 Brunswick Rd, Mitcham. Meeting Dates for 2017 are 8 June, 10 August, 12 October, 14 December. 

Current focus: To work towards justice harmony and respect between all citizens in the City of Whitehorse. To work with the City of Whitehorse in developing policies and taking actions that will lift the profile and honour traditional owners of the land that the City.

Whittlesea Reconciliation Group
Contact: Donna Wright, ph: 9217 2389, email: donna.wright@whittlesea.vic.gov.au
Ben Waterhouse, ph: 9217 2179, email: bow@whittsea.vic.gov.au
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Current focus: To operate as a key reference group to council and create opportunities to increase understanding of Aboriginal people and Aboriginal culture by bringing all people together to support reconciliation.

Yarra Ranges ANTaR
Contact: Joyce Dodge, ph: 9726 6627, email: gjdodge@alphalink.com.au

Current focus: Working with Shire, State and National bodies for land justice, reconciliation and Aboriginal cultural respect.