Traditional Owners & Acknowledgements

The City of Stonnington is proud to fly Aboriginal flags outside Prahran and Malvern Town Halls as a symbol of acknowledgment and respect to Indigenous Australians. 

Traditional owners

The Boon Wurrung Foundation represents the traditional custodians of the lands from the Werribee River to Wilsons Promontory.

Contact details

Phone: (03) 9537 2222

Address: 14 Acland St, St Kilda VIC 3182




Welcome to Country & Acknowledgement of Country

Welcome to Country is a ceremony performed by Traditional Owners to formally welcome people to their land. These ceremonies are often performed at important public events, where the event organisers will invite an Elder representing the Traditional Owner group to perform the ceremony to open their event.

An Acknowledgement of Country can be performed by any person, and is often done by the first speaker at a gathering as part of the opening of the meeting or event. An Acknowledgement of Country involves paying respects to Traditional Owners of the land and Elders. This can occur with or without a Welcome to Country.

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Reconciliation Acknowledgement Statement

Council’s Acknowledgement Statement is read at Council meetings and civic events including formal Council meetings, Citizenship ceremonies, Mayoral and Civic receptions, official openings of Council buildings and official occasions where the Mayor is present.

We acknowledge that we are meeting on the traditional land of the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri people and offer our respects to the elders past and present. We recognise and respect the cultural heritage of this land.