National Homelessness Conference 2018

Uncle Colin Hunter Junior

Wurundjeri Elder

Uncle Colin Hunter Junior Uncle Colin is a proud Wurundjeri man, whose traditional lands extend from inner city Melbourne; south to the Mordialloc Creek; west to the Werribee River and east to Mount Baw Baw.

Uncle Colin Hunter is the first Traditional Owner in Victoria to be employed ‘on country’ in local government, and has worked at Yarra City Council managing their Aboriginal Partnership Policy for the past 7 years

Uncle Colin is a Wurundjeri Elder, and has been so for almost 9 years. He has sat on Wurundjeri Council’s Committee of Management for about the same length of time.

Uncle Colin is also an emerging artist with a couple of commissioned works to his name. The following are amongst his career highlights:

  • Oversaw the development of Yarra City Council’s Reconciliation Action Plan 2012-215
  • Implemented the Aboriginal Partnerships Plan 2011-2014
  • His involvement in CUAC’s report to government
  • His involvement with Thomas Embling Hospital Mental Health policy reference group.
  • Welcome to Country for the Dalai Lama for his Melbourne visit in 2014
  • Welcome to Country televised internationally for the rugby game between Warriors and Wallaby’s
  • White Lion ambassador for violence against women
  • Spoke in Parliament in Woiwurrung language when the new Yarra River protection bill was introduced in June 2017
  • Invited by Minister Wynn to sit on the Interim Yarra Advisory Committee 2018