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Notice of 2021/22 Annual General Meeting

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$1.6m Investment for Forster Street

The Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative Board is thrilled to announce that the organisation is one of 11 Aboriginal business to share in $11m of funding through Round 6 of the Aboriginal Community Infrastructure Program.

The Andrews Labor Government has announced it will invest $1.6 million for a major refurbishment of the Wathaurong...Read More »

2022 NAIDOC Award Winners

The winners of the four 2022 Wathaurong Community NAIDOC Awards were announced at the Flag Raising & Community Day held at Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative on Monday 4th July, 2022.

The Flag Raising event marked the start of NAIDOC Week, which began on Sunday 3rd July and runs until Sunday 10th July,...Read More »

$15.6m investment commitment from Labor Government

Member for Corio Richard Marles and Shadow Minister for Indigenous Australians Linda Burney visited Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative today to announce that an Albanese Labor Government will invest $15.6 million to upgrade facilities as part of the Morgan Street Redevelopment Project.


Labor’s commitment to a new redevelopment of the Morgan Street...Read More »

Koorie Aspirations Day

The Koorie Student Aspirations Day was held on Wadawurrung country at GMHBA Stadium on Monday 4thand Tuesday 5th April, bringing together Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander secondary school students from the greater Geelong and Colac region.


Supported by the Polly Farmer Foundation, the two day event was organised by the Local...Read More »

Architects Appointed for Morgan Street Redevelopment Project

Following a highly competitive tender process, Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative (Wathaurong) is pleased to announce the appointment of Woods Bagot as the successful architects who will lead the proposed $26m Morgan Street redevelopment project.


Founded in the late 1970s and incorporated in 1980 by local Aboriginal community members, Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative has...Read More »

Notice of AGM - 2020/2021


There are currently two (2) Director positions to be elected, due to the expiration of Director as per the Act.



Please contact Executive Assistant to the CEO on (03) 5277 0044 or email for a nomination form or if you have any questions.


A Nomination form can also be downloaded by...Read More »

CEO Appointment

The Board of Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative is very excited to announce the appointment of Mr Simon Flagg, proud Wemba Wemba man to the role of Chief Executive Officer after a competitive recruitment process.


Simon started his career here at Wathaurong as an Aboriginal Worker trainee in 1996 and went on to...Read More »

Farewell Lisa Briggs

After three years at the helm of Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative (Wathaurong), Lisa Briggs has made the personal decision to move on from the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective from Friday 30th July 2021.


Lisa  took on the role of CEO in 2018. In the past three years, Wathaurong has...Read More »

2021 Wathaurong NAIDOC Award Winners

The winners of the 2021 Wathaurong Community NAIDOC Awards were announced at the Flag Raising & Community Day held at Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative on Monday 5th July, 2021.


The Flag Raising event marked the start of NAIDOC Week, which began on Sunday 4th July and runs until Sunday 11th July, 2021.


The...Read More »

NAIDOC Award Nominations open

Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative is calling for nominations for the 2021 NAIDOC Community Awards. Who do you think should get the awards in 2021? If you have someone you wish to nominate, you can complete the online nomination form. You can also download a printed version of the form here –...Read More »



On Sunday March 21st, Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative Limited held it’s Annual General Meeting for the 2019/2020 financial year.

It was great to be able to get our members together on country at Wurdi Youang.

Thank you to the Board and staff for providing an update of the 2019/20...Read More »

Stage 4 COVID Restrictions - Friday 12th Feb

As of 11:59pm Friday 12th February, ALL of the state of Victoria will be returning to Stage 4 lockdown restrictions for 5 days – until 11:59pm Wednesday 17th February. 

During this lockdown, there are only 4 reasons to leave home: 

  • Shopping for essential goods (one person per household, once per day)
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Notice of AGM

The Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative’s Board of Directors wishes to inform all active Members that the rescheduled 2019/20 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Sunday 21 March 2021 at 10:30am – venue to be advised.

Nominations for Board of Directors positions open

There are currently four (4) Director positions to be...Read More »

Wathaurong Community NAIDOC Award Winners

Congratulations to all of the winners of the Wathaurong Community NAIDOC Awards for 2020. NAIDOC week was celebrated “virtually” from the 14th November – 21st November in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Wathaurong Community NAIDOC awards were presented at the Community Christmas event held on Tuesday 15th December, when...Read More »

Dr. Ed Poliness receives "Closing the Gap" award

A Victorian GP has been recognised for his service and support to Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander communities after

he was awarded a prestigious Victorian Rural Health Award.

Acting medical director Dr Ed Poliness, 49, has been honoured for his work at the Geelong-based Wathaurong Aboriginal


Dr Poliness won the Closing the...Read More »

Funding boost for new consulting rooms


More Geelong patients will get the world-class care they deserve with the Andrews Labor Government giving hospitals across the state the latest life-saving medical equipment and upgrading vital infrastructure.

Member for Geelong, Christine Couzens has announced that Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-Operative and Barwon Health were 2 of...Read More »


Our annual Adventure Park Family Day is back!

This will be held on Saturday 12th December, 2020. All families are welcome to attend this day, however with some restrictions on group gatherings still in place things will look a little different. We will not have the Pavilion booked for our group...Read More »

Children's Gift Registry

The announcement of the further easing of restrictions on Sunday 22nd November from Premier Daniel Andrews is a welcome relief and means that we can begin getting back to “COVID Normal.”

We are planning to host our annual community Christmas party at Morgan Street on Tuesday 15th December, 2020 from 4:30pm til...Read More »

Notice of Extension of AGM

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Wathaurong Media Statement

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Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-op was contacted by the Geelong Advertiser to provide a response to a recent media article regarding allegations by former staff members. The follow up article published in today’s paper includes only a small snippet of the full statement that was provided to the Geelong Advertiser by...Read More »

NAIDOC Community Awards - Nominations Open

NAIDOC 2020 celebrations may look a little different this year, but we won’t let that stop us from celebrating our mob!

Nominations for the Wathaurong NAIDOC Community awards are now open. Printed nomination forms will be sent out to all members, but this year you can also fill out your...Read More »

COVID19 Community Update - July 9th, 2020

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NAIDOC Week 2020

Koonyaba yeerram, Nyoorra Woorreeyn (Good morning, how do you do).

My name is Craig Edwards, I’m a proud Wadda-wurrung Gunditjmara man and Chairperson of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-op. I am also a member of Eastern Maar Traditional Owner and Wadda-Wurrung Traditional Owner groups.

I would like to pay my respects to my...Read More »

NAIDOC Week Virtual Flag Raising - Monday 6 July

NAIDOC 2020 celebrations were originally scheduled to take place from 5th – 12th July, with Wathaurong activities including a community lunch, kid’s day out, community award recipients and NAIDOC ball. With COVID-19 restrictions still in place across the country, the National NAIDOC Committee has postponed national celebrations to November.

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Wathaurong's School Holiday Scavenger Hunt

Looking for some entertainment this holidays? Register for our online Scavenger Hunt! Kids can sign up individually or as a team of up to 8. Players will need to find certain items and locations significant to Wathaurong and take a photo of themselves at that location....Read More »

National Sorry Day

Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-Operative would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land that we work and live on, the Wathaurong people, and also pay our respects to Aboriginal elders past, present and emerging.

Nyoorraa Woorreyn (hello, how are you?)

National Sorry Day is an Australia-wide observance held on...Read More »

Happy 40th Anniversary to our Co-op

22 May 2020

Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative

40th Anniversary

Nyoorraa Woorreyn (hello, how are you?)

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative (Wathaurong). Wathaurong
was formed by community in 1978 and registered on 22 May 1980 to support the social, economic, and
cultural development of Aboriginal people. During the last four decades, Wathaurong...Read More »

Home schooling resources

Home schooling is difficult but we can help. Here’s some resources for you.

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Link to Coronavirus updates for Community

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Anniversary of National Apology event

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Community Meeting 24 Feb

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Community Meeting Agenda 16 December 2019

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Foster Care Info Session

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Treaty ... Voting closes Sunday, 20 October, 2019

Enrol to  vote now …
Voting closes Sunday 20 October 2019 …
Contact Treaty Enrolment Officer – Hayley Couzens
0448 273 856 …
To enrol or vote online go to

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Men's Afternoon with Allan Thorpe

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At Morgan St Thursdays 6pm-8pm …

Come along and join the fun …

Make new friends …


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Wathaurong Family Christmas Event

On behalf of the Board you are formally invited to the Wathaurong Family Christmas Event as part of our end of year celebrations with our members.

The Wathaurong Family Christmas Event will be held on:

Venue:               Adventure Park Water and Theme Park, 1249 Bellarine Hwy, Wallington

Date:                  Saturday 15 of December 2018