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We are committed to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and acknowledge that Aboriginal people have a rich and continuous connection to the Bayside area.

We are embarking on our second Reconciliation Action Plan Innovate and we want your input.

Watch a video about Bayside's journey for reconciliation

We will develop the new Reconciliation Action Plan working in partnership with Bayside’s Reconciliation Advisory Committee made up of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members and an internal Reconciliation Working Group and overseen by Traditional Owners.

Bayside's Reconciliation Action Plan will focus on building three pillars of reconciliation:

  • Timeline item 1 - active


  • Timeline item 2 - active


  • Timeline item 3 - active


A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is a document that organisations develop to outline the actions and initiatives that they will take to contribute to reconciliation in Australia. The RAP framework is prearranged by Reconciliation Australia.

The Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) will help create a framework that will guide Council in achieving its vision for, and commitment to, reconciliation in Bayside and will be based on three core pillars: relationships, respect and opportunities.

We are proud to make a commitment to fully support reconciliation and we seek to understand and embrace reconciliation within our organisation and to encourage reconciliation across the wider Bayside community.

We launched our previous Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) during NAIDOC Week in July 2019. This process marked the start of Council’s journey towards Reconciliation. A key action of the RAP was to establish a Reconciliation Advisory Committee .

The Committee is made up of representatives from relevant Council departments, Indigenous people, Indigenous organisations and key stakeholders.

The group will actively monitor Innovate RAP development and implementation of actions, track progress and approve reporting.

What else is Bayside doing in the spirit of reconciliation?

  • Hired a Reconciliation Project Officer to support the development and delivery of the RAP.
  • Committed to Uluru Statement from the Heart
  • Conducts an annual awards program to honour the life of Torres Strait Elder and long-time Bayside resident Ellen Jose who passed away in 2017. The program asks primary and secondary students to interpret “What Reconciliation means through my eyes” through an artwork (primary students) or a piece of writing (secondary students).
  • Offer Community Grants targeted at Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander programs and activities
  • Updated our Acknowledgment of Country to acknowledges the Bunurong People of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this land, and we pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.
  • Promote and celebrate our Indigenous Heritage Trail - includes works of contemporary Indigenous artists and is based on stories authored by Boon Wurrung Elder Carolyn Briggs. The trail outlines the close relationship between Kulin Nations culture and the coastal environment. Bayside's rich coastal history and the significant local flora and fauna are also prominent.
  • Installed indigenous sculptures designed by indigenous sculptor Glen Romanis at Thomas Street Playground

Post your ideas on the ideas wall below by clicking the Have Your Say tab.

Here are some of the points for you to think about:

  • How do we promote respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples heritage, protocols and cultures?
  • How can we build stronger relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
  • How can we generate opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?

If you'd like to ask a question, click the 'ask a question' tab to speak to our Reconciliation Project Officer.

We want to find out from community, the areas where they feel that reconciliation needs to happen.

We also want to find out from non-Aboriginal people about their understanding of reconciliation and how Council can either continue to support or provide further education.

The ideas gathering stage is the first phase of a longer term undertaking for Council to commit to building respectful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to work together with the Bayside community to create a better future for all.

Phase two of engagement will focus on confirming the draft actions in the Innovate RAP to confirm the plan is in line with community expectations.

After March 2022, we will collate the feedback that’s been gathered and look at constructive suggestions, as well as common themes to develop the final RAP Innovate Plan. The finalised document will be presented and endorsed by Council in May 2022 for it to be adopted as a working document.

Through the Innovate RAP, Council aims to plan and create opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to create a culturally safe and thriving community.

Have Your Say

Share your ideas

Do you have a great idea for how we can show respect, improve relationships, and create opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders? Share your thoughts by adding your ideas to the ideas wall below.

Share your ideas for what you would like us to do and the things you would like to see. You can also upload photos and videos to demonstrate your ideas. We also encourage you to ‘like’ other ideas shared on this page.

You can filter results by the three categories of respect, relationships and opportunities. We've added a few Council ideas to get you thinking.

If you're a member of the Reconciliation Advisory Committee make sure you add a label to your idea so we can capture it in the engagement report.

Feedback closes on Sunday 12 December 2021.

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  • Timeline item 1 - active

    Phase 1: Community engagement

    17 November – 12 December 2021

    Big ideas on what Council can do to promote respect, relationships, and opportunities

    Find out more about how we're engaging with the community on this project.

  • Timeline item 2 - incomplete

    Phase 2: Draft plan developed and presented to Council

    February – March 2022

    Confirm the draft actions of the RAP

  • Timeline item 3 - incomplete

    Phase 3: Finalise with Council

    May 2022

    Gain endorsement for the draft RAP Innovate

  • Timeline item 4 - incomplete

    Phase 4: Implementation of actions

    June 2022

Find out more

If you’d like to submit your ideas by a hard copy survey or to learn more about this project, contact us via the details below. Anonymous submissions will also be accepted via any of the below methods.
Bayside's Reconciliation Project Officer

Deborah Mellett

Bayside's Reconciliation Project Officer

Phone: 9599 4268


In writing: 76 Royal Avenue,

Sandringham, Victoria, 3191


PO Box 27 Sandringham 3091

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