Welcome to BGLC
We pay our respect to Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge our younger generation, who will inherit our hard work and will continue our legacies long after we’ve all moved on.
On 13th December 2005, Native Title was determined for the Wotjobaluk, Jaadwa, Jadawadjali, Wergaia and Jupagulk peoples of the Wotjobaluk Nations, the first in Victoria.
17 years later, December 13, 2022, the Victorian Government Gazette published our Natural Resource Agreement under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act. It pays homage to the trailblazers of 2005 and the hardworking citizens who have led us to this landmark achievement for the Wotjobaluk Nations.
We honour the Aunties and Uncles, and their legacies and carry them in our hearts. We commit to continuing their hard work. We acknowledge the past and reflect on our accomplishments as a nation. We will continue fighting for recognition and self-determination for all First Nation peoples.
We are the Custodians of this Country and stand strong as a group in caring for our people, our culture, and our Country.
At at glance
Barengi Gadjin Land Council (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.
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.