Welcome to Country

At the opening ceremony, Mr Gheran Steel will conduct the Welcome to Country to open the conference.

Gheran Steel

Boonwurrung Traditional Land Owner

Boon Wurrung Foundation

Gheran has been the CEO of the Boon Wurrung Foundation Ltd since 2012. During this time, he has been heavily involved in the consultation, negotiations and implementations of Cultural Heritage Management Plans under the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act, Indigenous Land Use Agreements and the development of Reconciliation Action Plans and engagement policies for both private and government organisations, as well as local councils.
Gheran’s key focus is on restoring the language, customs and history of the Boonwurrung peoples through sharing his knowledge with the wider Australian community.

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nations on whose unceded lands we hold our conference.  We respectfully acknowledge their Ancestors and Elders, past and present.  We also acknowledge the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.