The City of Maroondah through the Inter-Council Indigenous Planning Network organised an Indigenous cultural respect training workshop at Maroondah Federation Estate to educate councillors and council staff on Indigenous customs, culture and heritage.
I attended the workshop with Cr. Rob Steane and while I unfortunately was unable to stay for the full day it did provide a formal opportunity to learn about key terms and protocols of Indigenous Australians.
Maroondah has a strong connection with Indigenous Culture, given the significance of the Mullum Mullum Valley for the Wurundjeri, who utilised the flora and fauna for food, shelter and medicinal purposes.
Strengthening our understanding of Indigenous Culture helps encourage reconciliation and understanding. Maroondah recently adopted its Reconciliation Policy and its implementation will be monitored through an annual action plan to ensure that these goals are achieved.