Artwork titled: Clans Water Connection By: Melissa McDevitt-Weston Boon Wurrung Traditional Owner. Read about Melissa’s art in Westernport Water’s Innovate RAP
Westernport Water acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as First Nations People and that the land, sea and water are of spiritual, cultural and economic importance. We recognise that we provide services on the traditional lands of the Bunurong Peoples of the Kulin Nation. The Bunurong Peoples have managed the resources on Millowl for thousands of years. We acknowledge them and their continued connection to this place, as we go about managing the water resources today.
The Bunurong People
The Bunurong are Aboriginal People of the Kulin Nation, who occupy South-Central Victoria, from the east of Port Phillip Bay, Western Port, Cape Liptrap and surrounding areas. The Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council notes that there are many different spellings for Bunurong, some common alternative spellings include Boonwurrung, Boon wurrung, Bunwurrung, Boon Wurrung, and Boonoorong.
Water Corporations manage a resource that was considered by Aboriginal people as one of the most important and sacred – water. We all need water to survive, and the protection and management of our waterways is just one example of where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and businesses need to work in partnership.
What is Reconciliation?
Reconciliation is about building better relationships, respect and trust between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
What is a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)?
A Reconciliation Action Plan documents what the Corporation commits to do to contribute to reconciliation in Australia. Each RAP has a specific framework with minimum requirements for organisations to realise their vision for reconciliation.