A Wimmera mayor abstained from endorsing a motion to recognise Traditional Owners at a council meeting last week.
West Wimmera mayor Bruce Meyer chose not to support Cr Trevor Domaschenz's motion to read an acknowledge to the Traditional custodians of the land the West Wimmera resides within - the Wotjobaluk, Jaadwa, Jadawadjali, Wergaia and Jupagulk peoples.
The motion, which passed with three votes, will require councillors to read the acknowledgement before council meetings, events and ceremonies.
The acknowledgement reads "West Wimmera Shire Council acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet, and pays respect to their elders, past, present and emerging."
Cr Meyer was the only councilor at the meeting to not vote in favour of the motion, choosing to abstain.
Cr Tom Houlihan, who seconded Cr Domaschenz's motion, said the decision was long overdue.
"I just think it is well and truly time that we made this decision," Cr Tom Houlihan said.
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