Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation

Kim-barne Wadawurrung Tabayl (Welcome to Wadawurrung Country)

We acknowledge our Ancestors and our Elders past and present.

​We acknowledge that our Ancestors nurtured and cared for Wadawurrung Country for tens of thousands of years.

​We acknowledge the hardships, the horror and the harm that they suffered following colonisation and the devastating impacts of that, which are still evident and felt today.

​The fact that Wadawurrung People and Culture have managed to survive and thrive demonstrates enormous strength, resilience and adaptability.

​Wadawurrung People are determined to see their unique cultural heritage protected and respected. Wadawurrung aims to restore Traditional knowledge and authority over the management of Wadawurrung Country for the betterment of those living on, prospering from and/or simply enjoying its land, waterways and coastal areas.

​Wadawurrung people are the Traditional Owners of this land. Our family have looked after and cared for this country for over a thousand generations, and are still caring for it to this very day.

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Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation (WTOAC) is the representative body for Wadawurrung Traditional Owners. The Corporation works to support Traditional Owner aspirations and protect Aboriginal Cultural Heritage in accordance with the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006. WTOAC was appointed in May 2009 as a Registered Aboriginal Party (RAP) under this Act.

Wadawurrung’s RAP area covers more than 10,000 km2 on the western side Melbourne and including the major regional cities of Geelong and Ballarat. This area incorporates the activities of 11 separate local councils – including many that are experiencing very high rates of growth in terms of population, infrastructure, commercial and residential development. Wadawurrung Country also incorporates the start of the Great Ocean Road, one of Australia’s most iconic and popular tourist destinations.

The Glenelg Hopkins region encompasses the north/western regions of Wadawurrung Country. Towns within this area include Beaufort, Skipton, Snake Valley and Stockyard Hill. Some of the significant places for Wadawurrung within Glenelg Hopkins region include Mt Emu creek, Lake Burrumbeet, Fiery Creek and Lake Goldsmith.