Alpine Shire Council acknowledges the Dhudhuroa, Gunai-Kurnai, Taungurung, Waywurru and Yaitmathang as the First Peoples and Traditional Custodians of the Alpine Shire.
We pay our respect to their Elders, past, present and emerging.
The Alpine peaks and high plains within the Alpine Shire comprise the central location where traditional lands belonging to each of its First Peoples meet up.
The Alps are traditionally of great cultural and spiritual significance to our Shire’s First Peoples. The Alps marked the central point where it was believed the sky was held up by wooden pillars carefully maintained by supernatural beings.
They were also home to spiritual elders living in stone houses, who dedicated themselves to ceremonial song-making and storytelling.
Each summer, the Alps were an important site for harvesting and feasting on Bogong moths.
The First Peoples of the Alpine Shire possessed a deeply-held spiritual belief that the world was created by ancestral beings, the signs of which could be seen all around.
They saw themselves as active participants in ongoing ancestral processes, in a world which was one interconnected whole, and in which the past, present and future were bound together.
Today, Alpine Shire recognises the ancient and on-going presence of its First Peoples, and acknowledges their unique and continuing connection to the lands, waters and culture of the Shire.