Georges River Council acknowledges that the Biddegal/Bidjigal/Bedegal people of the Eora Nation are the original inhabitants and custodians of all land and water in the Georges River region.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people represented 0.5% of the Georges River population in 2011.
Council recognises Aboriginal people as an integral part of the Georges River community and highly values their social and cultural contributions.
Council applies the following principles working with Aboriginal people:
- RECOGNITION: Council’s vision for reconciliation is a community where Aboriginal people are recognised as the First Nation of people of Australia and their heritage and culture is valued, celebrated and promoted.
- RESPECT: Council has a deep and ongoing respect for Aboriginal heritage and respects identified Aboriginal sacred sites and special places.
- EQUITY AND ACCESS: Council promotes equity of access for all members of the Aboriginal community to culturally sensitive services.
- PARTICIPATION: Council works collaboratively to improve social, cultural and economic outcomes for Aboriginal people through engagement and commitment to ‘Closing the Gap’.
- CONSULTATION: Council implements a range of consultative practices to capture the ongoing input of Aboriginal people in the community.
- OPPORTUNITY: Council seeks to identify meaningful opportunities for the advancement of Aboriginal people in the local area.
Aboriginal Advisory Committee
The Committee has been formed to work closely with Council to improve residents’ access to services and to address community needs and inspirations. More information on the Aboriginal Advisory Committee is available in the Aboriginal Advisory Committee Charter.
Community Development Programs
Council provides a number of programs and initiatives that show respect and promote and celebrate Aboriginal culture and heritage within the Georges River Council Local Government Area.
Acknowledgement of Country
Georges River Council is committed to show respect for Aboriginal people as Australia's First Peoples. Council has adopted the practice of acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of Country at events, ceremonies, meetings and functions.
Reconciliation Week is an annual celebration held from 27 May to 3 June. It is a time to celebrate and build on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. This Council’s annual event provides a tangible and highly visible initiative towards reconciliation.
NAIDOC Week is an annual celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Every year, in the first week of July, NAIDOC Week is celebrated with a number of events and activities that are centred on a theme chosen by the national organising committee. These events are a fundamental part of Council’s Calendar and are implemented to support the ongoing promotion of Aboriginal culture and heritage.