We acknowledge the Aboriginal Traditional Custodians of the lands and waters upon which our activities are held and pay our respect to Elders both past and present.
The Wathaurong (Wadda-Warrung) People and the Gadubanud of the Eastern Maar People are the traditional custodians of the land around Anglesea and Aireys Inlet with Gadubanud country generally being to the west of Painkalac Creek and Wathaurong country to the east.
The Wathaurong People are the Traditional Custodians of an area of land bounded by Aireys Inlet, Anglesea, Werribee, Bacchus Marsh, Beaufort, Streatham and Derrinallum. The Wathaurong people are members of the Kulin nation and have looked after and cared for the land for over a thousand generations, still caring for it to this very day.
The Eastern Maar People are the Traditional Custodians of an area that extends along the coast from east of Port Fairy to west of Anglesea and extends inland to include the Great Otway National Park and the townships of Warrnambool, Terang, Mortlake, Camperdown, Colac, Apollo Bay, Lorne and Cressy.
As Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation Chair Jason Mifsud said, “Our traditional lands are alive with dreaming and creation stories; and imprinted with our social history and cultural values”.
From Wathaurong The People Who Said No by Bruce Pascoe:
Kim barne barre Wathaurong. Kitjarra ngitj, bitjarra ngala, mok-barra tjarra ngitj ba ngawirring tjarra ngitj. Ngamadjiyt ba kin kin bil ngitj.
This is Wathaurong country. Let us talk together in friendship. Let us walk together, let us not fight, let's have peace and learn, black and white together.