Australia Day ceremony

Friday, 17 January 2020

The following comments can be attributed to City of Greater Geelong Director Governance, Strategy and Performance Rebecca Leonard:

During Australia Day ceremonies, will the City be recognizing the unease many traditional owners and aboriginal people have with the date of the celebration?
A statement acknowledging our First Nations people will be read during the Australian Day ceremony.
Can you share the specific wording of the planned recognition?
No – as this is the responsibility of the presenting councillor.
Will the City be ensuring anything else is done to recognize the concerns around celebrations on this date?
The City continues to have a valuable relationship with our Traditional Owners. We’re about to complete our first Reconciliation Action Plan, as a concrete step towards reconciliation.
Can you confirm an invitation to perform a welcome to country at the Australia Day citizenship ceremony was declined by a local traditional owner and their group?
Yes, and the local traditional owner group declined the invitation. The City respects and understands this decision.

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