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Welcome to the Glenelg Shire Council

L-R Shae Rotumah, Tim Kanoa and Troy Lovett, members of the Winda Mara Dance Group, who will be performing at the Portland Civic Hall on Friday June 3 as part of the Glenelg Shire Council’s Reconciliation Week Community Event and BBQ

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

The Glenelg Shire has more than three times the average proportion of Aboriginal residents compared with the Victorian average. In the 2011, Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures there were 406 people identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders in the Glenelg Shire.

The proportion of Aboriginal people in the Shire has continued to increase from 1.2% of population in 2003 to 1.9% in 2006 and 2.1% in 2011.

The Glenelg Shire Council and the Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation, Dhauwurd Wurrung Elderly and Community Health Service and Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation have worked together to develop the Glenelg Aboriginal Partnership Agreement and Plan to promote Recognition, Healing and Reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal residents.

Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation
21 Scott Street, Heywood
Ph: 03 5527 0000
The Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation aims to improve the physical and social well being of Aboriginal people within the Shire of Glenelg. The Corporation delivers a range of services including health, education, housing, employment and training, family services, small business development, land management, Budj Bim ranges and the strengthening of Aboriginal culture. Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation web page


Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation
4/48 Edgar Street, Heywood
Ph: 03 5527 1427

The Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation administers land on behalf of the Gunditjmara people. The Gunditjmara’s ownership of the land was recognised in the Gunditjmara Native Title determination of March 2007. The determination includes Crown land and waters, including state forests, national parks, recreational reserves, river frontages and coastal foreshores in the Glenelg Shire.

Gunditj Mirring is a Registered Aboriginal Party under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 (Vic). Under this Act, the Corporation is responsible for reviewing Cultural Heritage Management Plans submitted by government agencies and private land developers. Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation web page

Dhauwurd-Wurrung Elderly and Community Health Service Inc
18 Wellington Road, Portland
Ph: 03 5521 7535

Dhauwurd-Wurrung Elderly and Community Health Service Inc. provides a range of services to Aboriginal people within the Portland area. These services include a medical centre, health programs, home and community care (HACC) and early childhood programs. Dhauwurd-Wurrung Elderly & Community Health Service web page


Click on the links below to obtain further information.

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