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Council supports Uluru Statement from the Heart

01/12/2020

Georges River Councillors unanimously voted to support reforms called for in the 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart at the Council Meeting last week, to work towards a better future for local Indigenous people.

Council will develop a report that will be guided by the principles within the Uluru Statement of the Heart, to put more of a focus on promoting and supporting local Aboriginal culture.

“I had the privilege to sit in with Council’s Aboriginal Reference Group recently  which gave me the opportunity to listen to their views about what we need to change and hear their vision for how we can improve our council area, particularly for our Indigenous residents,” said Councillor Warren Tegg.

“We need to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan for our community that reflects the Uluru Statement from the Heart, a wonderful national initiative from Indigenous people from across the country.

“The Statement is based on the three ideals of Voice, Treaty and Truth. It’s up to us as a community to do what we can to assist this process. This report will start the process of working with our community so that we do our bit to support the Uluru Statement,” Councillor Tegg added.

Council will work in consultation with the local Aboriginal community, including the Georges River Council Aboriginal Reference Group, the Southern Koori Interagency, and other relevant stakeholders to develop the report.

The report will address the consultation process undertaken with Aboriginal people and local organisations, promotion of local Aboriginal culture, art and heritage, the 2017 Uluru Statement of the Heart, the need for a Reconciliation Action Plan and key policies requiring review to raise the profile of Aboriginal people and address issues pertaining to Aboriginal people.

The Uluru Statement from the Heart describes the key challenges facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities and proposes three structural reforms to address these challenges, including a voice to Parliament that is enshrined in the constitution.

The Uluru Statement from the Heart is a fair, practical and unifying statement that invites all Australians to walk with Indigenous people in a movement of the Australian people for a better future.

For more information on Georges River Council, please visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au or call 9330 6400.
 
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