Did you know ... this beautiful part of Australia has been known and cared for by Aboriginal families for many thousands of years, and evidence of their occupation and ways of life is all around us?

Awareness of this Cultural Heritage is important to everyone in the community regardless of age and the length of time we have lived here because it is part of Australia’s history – our history.

A message from the Wathaurong people taken from the book ‘Wathaurong – The People Who Said No’.

‘Nyoorra Wooreeyn, Keem barne barre Wadda Wurrung. Kitjarra ngitj, bitjarra ngala, mok barra tjarra ngitj. Keen keen beel baa Yoowang ngitj. Nyatne.

‘Hello, this is Wathaurong country. Let us talk together. Let us walk together, let us not fight, let us have peace and learn, black and white together. Thank you.’

Yes, this area is part of the country belonging to the Wathaurong (or Wadda Wurrung) Nation.

Wathaurong families have lived here for countless generations and their traditional land extends from the Werribee River to Painkalak Creek, to Cressy, to near Colac, to near Ararat, to near Maryborough, to Creswick, to Bacchus Marsh, to Werribee River.

The Wathaurong People are part of the mighty Kulin Nation which covers three quarters of Victoria.

The Wurundjeri (Woiwurung) of the Yarra Valley, the Dja Dja Wurrung of the Lodden and Avoca River district, the Taungurong of the Goulburn River district and the Boonwurrung of the Mornington Peninsular/Westernport district are also part of the Kulin Nation.

Provided by Uncle David Tournier

NB: You can purchase copies of the book 'Wathaurong - The People Who Said No' from the Wathaurong Co-operative, Morgan St, North Geelong Victoria 3215. (03) 5277 0044