Community engagement


LAN locations

There are 39 LANs across Victoria, supported by 12 Aboriginal Community Development Brokers. Contact the Broker for your area to find out more about your Local Aboriginal Network.

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Barwon South West

Geelong, Warrnambool, Framlingham

 Shane Bell
 Phone: 03 5564 8880



Portland, Heywood, Hamilton

 Sandra Bell
 Phone: 03 5527 0056




Central Highfields (Ballarat), Wimmera (Horsham), Halls Gap (Gariwerd)

 Larry Kanoa
 Phone: 03 5327 2819



Loddon Mallee

Swan Hill, Marawarpina (Robinvale)

Image of Thelma Chilly Thelma Chilly
 Phone: 03 5026 3798


Yuramga (Mildura)

 Norsiyah Mokak
 Phone: 03 5051 2000



Bendigo, Kerang, Echuca

 Krystal Henderson
 Phone: 03 5833 5238




Shepparton, Seymour, Kyabram

 Josh Atkinson
 Phone: 03 5895 4103


Dirrawarra (Wangaratta), Wodonga, Gadhaba (Mansfield)

 Darren Moffitt
 Phone: 02 6059 0207




Latrobe (Morwell), Traralgon, Sale

Image of Leonie Solomon Green Leonie Solomon-Green
 Phone: 03 5174 7308


Image of Garry Sattell Garry Sattell
 Phone: 03 5172 2108


Orbost/Cann River, Lakes Entrance, Lake Tyers, Bairnsdale

 Alice Pepper
 Phone: 03 5152 0631




Maribyrnong, Wyndham/Hobsons Bay, Hume, Whittlesea

 Debbie Evans
 Phone: 03 8392 5336



Urban South (St Kilda), Frankston, Dandenong, Mornington Peninsula (Hastings)

 Isaac Young
 Phone: 09651 1942



Northern Metro (Thornbury/Fitzroy), Inner East (Ringwood/Croydon), Healesville

 Cathy Austin
 Phone: 03 8392 5334



Gathering places

Gathering Places are community owned/operated places that provide opportunities for social connection and the hosting of services. Gathering places have been identified by LANs as a means of contributing to all six priority areas of the LAN Five Year Plan through supporting strong culture, engaged people and confident communities.

Many partners have contributed to the realisation of gathering places, including areas of the Victorian Government, local government and non-government organisations. The idea for a gathering place often is conceived at a LAN level, and LANs actively assist in the progression of the idea within the Aboriginal Community.

Willum Warrain – Mornington Peninsula

In March 2014 Willum Warrain (place by the sea) was opened following almost 10 years of planning and hard work. Koolin Balit, through Closing the Health Gap funding made this possible. Willum Warrain provides information, support and referral services, health and wellbeing programs, art and culture programs and links between the Aboriginal community and the broader local community.

Visit the Willum Warrain Facebook page.

Nairm Marr Djambana – Frankston

Frankston City Council, along with Koolin Balit were crucial in the opening of this gathering place in 2015. The gathering place is a welcoming safe place to improve Aboriginal health, cultural, recreation and social activities. It is a meeting place to provide opportunities to further advance and improve the health of Aboriginal people of all genders and ages. Other services also utilise the meeting spaces. Importantly, the local Aboriginal community in Frankston have worked tirelessly to open the doors and to keep them open.

Find out more about the Nairm Marr Djambana gathering place.

Casey Aboriginal Gathering Place – Doveton

In July 2016 an Aboriginal gathering place enabled by the City of Casey, was opened. Council refurbished what was previously a disused early childhood centre for the local Aboriginal community, recognising Casey has the highest Aboriginal population in metropolitan Melbourne.

A range of programs are being run from the gathering place for people of all ages. They are in response to feedback and the current and future needs of the Aboriginal community.

Visit the Casey Aboriginal Gathering Place Facebook page.

Wyndham Aboriginal Community Centre - Wyndham/Hobsons Bay

In 2013 a forum of key decision-makers and stakeholders came together to develop a partnership model for strengthening Aboriginal community, culture and services locally.

Through state government funding (Community Infrastructure Fund), Wyndham Council secured support for a feasibility study to plan for the Wyndham Aboriginal Community Centre. The Wyndham Aboriginal Community Centre Committee (WACCC) and council worked together to secure state government funding of $1.5m for the Wyndham Aboriginal Community Centre. Council than matched this significant funding dollar for dollar, demonstrating their strong commitment again.

Currently there is an interim space within the grounds of Victoria University (Hoppers Crossing) supported by a Centre coordinator. This role has been funded by Wyndham Council and Department of Health and Human Services.

Find out more about the Wyndham Aboriginal Community Centre.

Burraja Cultural Centre – Wodonga

In late 2008 with support of the Wodonga Aboriginal Network (WAN), a community forum was held to progress future plans for the Burraja Cultural Centre, which had ceased operating.

The local community wanted the centre to be revived; to become a hub for strengthening culture, well-being and enterprise of Aboriginal people.

The community established the Burraja Executive Group, made up of community volunteers to develop a governance and operational model to open Burraja and build it into a sustainable enterprise. Gateway Health in Wodonga auspiced this project, an arrangement that continues today. Burraja have offered cultural activities since reopening and remain financially viable without external funding due to the commitment, dedication and passion of the volunteers of the executive group.

In an exciting development this year Burraja was funded by Department of Justice and Regulation to deliver cultural programs to local Koorie youth until June 2018. This project involves the part time employment of a Cultural Activities Officer, a great outcome for Burraja, as well as the local Aboriginal person in this role.

Find out more about the Burraja Cultural Centre.