Yana Ngargna Advisory Group

The Yana Ngargna Advisory Group has been established as a partnership between Yarra City Council and the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

What is the Group trying to achieve?

The objectives of the Yana Ngargna Advisory Group are to:

  • provide a structure for on-going consultation between the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and Yarra City Council across a broad range of issues such as health, housing, legal, sport and recreation, culture, heritage, environment, employment, training and childcare;
  • provide Council with strategic advice regarding issues pertinent to the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and issues pertaining to social justice for Aboriginal Australians; and
  • assist Council to identify its on-going role in regards to issues affecting the local Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

In order to achieve the above objectives, the Yana Ngargna Advisory Group will include the following roles and responsibilities:

  • To improve communication, consultation and information sharing between the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and Yarra City Council;
  • To provide advice to Council on Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people community issues;
  • To provide support in the ongoing development of the Yana Ngargna Plan between the City of Yarra and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • To guide the development of Council’s strategic approach including an action plan to address social justice issues concerning local Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;
  • To increase cross-cultural awareness by ensuring that Council incorporate Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community interests in its policy, planning and service delivery activities;
  • To increase Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community participation in municipal affairs;
  • To work with Council to improve access for Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to local resources; and
  • To increase the responsiveness of Council on issues affecting the local Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Which Councillors are members of the Group?

The following Councillors were appointed to the Committee in November 2020 for a one year term:

  • Cr Bridgid O'Brien
  • Cr Amanda Stone

Who else are members of the Group?

In addition to two Councillors, the membership will consist of representatives from local Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and organisations, as well as City of Yarra representatives including:

  • Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Elders
  • Local Aboriginal community members
  • Torres Strait Islander Community members
  • Aboriginal Affairs Victoria
  • The Neighbourhood Justice Centre
  • ConnectingHome
  • AFL SportsReady
  • Ngwala
  • Djirra
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • Melbourne Aboriginal Youth Sport and Recreation
  • Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
  • Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Ltd.
  • Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc.
  • Victorian Aboriginal Health Services Cooperative
  • Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service
  • 3KND
  • Parkies
  • Local Aboriginal artists
  • Other locally based Aboriginal organisations 

Terms of reference

You can download and read the Yana Ngarna Advisory Group Terms of Reference