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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community

We acknowledge and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional custodians of the country with a range of community initiatives.

Welcome to Wiradjuri Country

Gawaimbanna-gu wiradjuri nhurranbaang

We acknowledge the Wiradjuri people on whose traditional lands AlburyCity is located.

The history culture, diversity and values of all Indigenous1 people are recognised acknowledged and respected.

We recognise that Indigenous1 people have experienced social injustice and racism since the commencement of colonisation in Australia.

We express deep sorrow over the unjust policies and practices that have prevailed in Australia’s relationship with Indigenous1 people.

We regret that these actions and attitudes have occurred and ensure such practices will not be repeated.

We acknowledge the ongoing effects of such practices on the lives of Indigenous1 people.

We are committed to working in partnership with the Indigenous1 community to strive towards empowerment for the betterment of the Indigenous1 community of Albury.

Reconciliation Action Plan

Strengthening our City through Reconciliation

AlburyCity has endorsed its Reconciliation Action Plan, which contains a range of actions and associated deliverables that Council has committed to, and was developed in close consultation with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

These initiatives will lead to better outcomes across health, wellbeing, education, culture and economic participation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

View the Reconciliation Action Plan

Read our Media Release

NAIDOC Week 2022

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held around the country each year to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

The theme for NAIDOC Week 2022 is – Get up! Stand up! Show up!

More information can be found on the NAIDOC Week website or for local event updates head to the Albury Wodonga NAIDOC Committee Facebook page.

National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

For more information you can visit the National Reconciliation Week website

National Sorry Day

National Sorry Day is a day to remember and acknowledge the mistreatment of First Nations people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities... the Stolen Generations.

It’s a day to pay tribute to their remarkable strength and resilience, and to reflect on how we can contribute to the healing process of our communities. Because sorry means you don’t do it again.

First Nations kids need culture, community and family so that community Elders can continue intergenerational storytelling and knowledge sharing.

Learn more about forced removal of First Nations children.

Our commitment to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community of Albury

We recognise Indigenous1 knowledge, understanding and experience. AlburyCity accepts responsibility to develop an awareness and appreciation of Indigenous history and society in our community and to protect and preserve the environment and significant sites


  • The right of all Indigenous1 people to empowerment and self-determination.
  • The Promotion of local Indigenous cultural heritage in a way that is significant and respected and desired by the Indigenous1 people
  • The protection of traditional and contemporary sites and artefacts.
  • Recognition and support for the Aboriginal Advisory Committee in its role of adviser to AlburyCity counsellors and staff on programs and activities, related to Indigenous1 people and cultures
  • Recognition of Aboriginal Elders and workers as key facilitator’s of consultation with the Indigenous1 community, leading to positive ongoing relationships that enhance the capacity of AlburyCity, and Indigenous1 people and the community to work together towards a better future


  1. To work towards an ongoing employment strategy and the development and adoption of policies and procedures for all staff to respect cultural differences,
  2. To support activities that work towards the process of reconciliation and enhance opportunities for Indigenous1 Australians
  3. To work in partnership with Indigenous1 and non Indigenous community in joint projects such as Wonga Wetlands Wiradjuri Interpretative Centre and Mungabareena Reserve
  4. To Identify in consultation with Indigenous1 community, cultural sites and artefacts related to traditional and contemporary Indigenous Culture

Indigenous1 In this context, the word Indigenous includes Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islanders, Indigenous, Traditional owner and Indigenous Australians. These terms reflect community and government terminology as well as national and international conventions. Other Indigenous groups may use language name to identify themselves i.e. Wiradjuri.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands Protocols

For more information about how we will promote respectful relationships between AlburyCity and the local Aboriginal community read our protocols.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands Protocols