Registered Aboriginal Party (RAP) status in Victoria
On 22 August 2008, the WTLCCHC was appointed by the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council (VAHC) as a RAP under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 (Vic).
Area of responsibility
When WTLCCHC was appointed as a RAP, the area contained within the RAP boundary included northern Melbourne and surrounds, extending to the Great Dividing Range.
On 27 August 2009, the area was extended in the west up to the Werribee River, also including Country surrounding Macedon and Mount William.
On 18 October 2013, the area was extended further. To the north and east, the area was extended up to the Great Dividing Range and the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation's appointed RAP area. An agreed common boundary has been established between the two RAPs. To the west, the area was extended up to the Werribee River and the Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation's appointed RAP area.
Activities as a RAP
In 2012, the WTLCCHC established the Kooroong Project. The members made a koorong (canoe) using axes made at the Wil-im-ee Moor-ring quarry and scarred a River Red Gum at Plenty Gorge.
In 2015, the WTLCCHC launched a ceremonial ground in Warrandyte. Three trees were scarred to commemorate the event.
In 2016, the WTLCCHC became aware of the existence of William Barak's cultural work Ceremony , which was being sold. They launched a campaign to repatriate Ceremony, but fell short of the funds needed. They have since publicly called for a review of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage legislation.
You can find more information on the WTLCCHC's activities on the website (URL above).