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Aboriginal Matters

Mayor Ann Ferguson

We wish to acknowledge and respect that we are meeting upon the lands of the Peramangk people who are highly respected rainmakers, sorcerers, doctors and the fire givers among the other Aboriginal nations.

We further recognise and respect that the Peramangk have for millennia had a deep and intrinsic connection to these lands and respect their ongoing right to maintain that connection both spiritually and culturally.

Nothing in our actions today shall disrespect or undermine the Peramangk people’s rights to use, enjoy or occupy their lands, without their express permission to do so.  We acknowledge that in the past this may not have been the case, but we now extend this respect to the living descendants of the Peramangk people.



In 2019 a ‘ Welcome to Peramangk Country’ booklet and an ‘Peramangk’ Activity book were produced.

Download your copy:

Welcome to Peramangk Country

Welcome to Peramangk Land Cover

Peramangk Activity Booklet

Peramangk Activity Book Cover

A special thanks to the following who assisted with these resources:
Ivan-Tiwu Copley, Peramangk Elder
Mark Elliot, Cultural Advisor
The students at Mt Barker Primary School for the artwork and Ros Cameron (ACEO)
Hayley Willis
Tasma Rudeforth
Peter McGinn, Mount Barker District Council
Bec Stevens, Meadows Cheese Factory (design)


2020 Reconciliation Week 27 May- 3rd June 'In this together' 

2017 Reconciliation Week Event