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Welcome to Barengi Gadjin Land Council

Barengi Gadjin Land Council - At a Glance

BGLC represents Traditional Owners from the Wotjobaluk, Jaadwa, Jadawadjali, Wergaia and Jupagulk peoples, who were recognised in a 2005 Native Title Consent Determination, the first in south-eastern Australia.

Our Vision

Traditional Owners working together as Custodians of Culture, Country, Heritage, Lore and Language

Our Values

  • Respect for Culture, Country, Heritage, Lore and Language
  • Commitment to Professionalism, Inclusiveness, Engagement and Responsiveness

The role of BGLC

BGLC is the Federally recognised authority to speak on behalf of the Wotjobaluk peoples. We are also the only body in the region with the legislative authority to make legal decisions about cultural heritage.

We are the Prescribed Body Corporate for the Wotjobaluk claim area, as outlined in the Native Title Act, giving us legal authority and obligation to work on behalf of Traditional Owners.

BGLC is a Registered Aboriginal Party, as appointed by the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council, under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006.



        "Acknowledgement of Country" (Sample)

“I and organisation (if applicable) acknowledge the Traditional Owner peoples of this land – the Wotjobaluk, Jaadwa, Jadawadjali Wergaia and Jupagalk.


I/We recognise the important and ongoing place that all Wotjobaluk peoples hold in our community.


I/We pay our respects to the Elders, both past and present, and commit to working together in the spirit of mutual understanding and respect for the benefit of the broader community and future generations.”



Shortened version: “I would like to acknowledge that this meeting/event is being held on the traditional lands of the Wotjobaluk, Jaadwa, Jadawadjali, Wergaia and Jupagalk peoples, and I pay respect to their Elders, both past and present.”

      How to pronunciate:

      Wotjobaluk (Watch-a-bal-uck)

      Jaadwa (Jard-warr) ('warr' rhymes with 'car')

      Jadawadjali (Jard-warr-jarly)

      Wergaia (Wer-guy-ya)

     Jupagalk (Yup-a-gulk)