Aboriginal Advisory Committee

Notice of Meeting

Monday, 7 August 2017

Friday, 04 August 2017

 

Mr John Rayner

 

Council’s  Aboriginal Advisory Committee Meeting  will be held at 12.00pm  in the Wandering Albatross Meeting Room, Ground  Level,  Hurstville Civic Centre, on Monday, 7 August  2017 for the consideration of the business available on Council's website at http://www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/Council/Council-Meetings.

 

 

 

 

 

Gail Connolly

General Manager

 

BUSINESS

1.      Apologies

2.      Confirmation of Minutes of Previous Meeting

3.      Matters Arising from Previous Meeting

4.      Disclosures of Interest

5.      Agenda Items

6.      General Business

7.      Next meeting  at  6 November 2017

 

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

Ms J Love

Ms  L Durmish

Ms T McNealy

Ms  M Ridgeway

Ms B Warner

Ms B Joy

Ms S Knight

Ms  L Trindall

Ms L Gall

Mr D Tuxford

Mr S Andrew

Ms  J Bassam

Mr N Best

 

 

The Quorum for the meeting is 4


Aboriginal Advisory Committee Meeting

Summary of Items

Monday, 07 August 2017

 

Previous Minutes

MINUTES: Aboriginal Advisory Committee Meeting - 01 May 2017

Agenda Items

AAC011-17       Nomination for Salt Pan Creek as an Aboriginal Place

(Report by Multicultural and Indigenous Development Officer, Jamal Bassam) 2

AAC012-17       Smoking Ceremony protocols

(Report by Multicultural and Indigenous Development Officer, Jamal Bassam) 16

AAC013-17       Review of Aboriginal strategy

(Report by Multicultural and Indigenous Development Officer, Jamal Bassam) 19

AAC014-17       Self Care session

(Report by Multicultural and Indigenous Development Officer, Jamal Bassam) 37

AAC015-17       Council Gateway Signage

(Report by Multicultural and Indigenous Development Officer, Jamal Bassam) 38   

 


Georges River Council – Aboriginal Advisory Committee Meeting -  Monday, 7 August 2017                                      Page 1

AGENDA

1.      Apologies 

2.      Confirmation of Minutes of Previous Meeting

Aboriginal Advisory Committee Meeting - 01 May 2017

3.      Matters Arising from Previous Meeting

4.      Disclosure of Interest


Georges River Council - Aboriginal Advisory Committee Meeting - Monday, 7 August 2017

AAC011-17             Nomination for Salt Pan Creek as an Aboriginal Place

[Appendix 1]          Salt Pan Creek Aboriginal Place Nomination

 

 

Page 2

 

5.      Agenda Items

Item:                   AAC011-17        Nomination for Salt Pan Creek as an Aboriginal Place  

Author:              Multicultural and Indigenous Development Officer, Jamal Bassam

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Agenda Items

 

 

Recommendation

(a)    That the Committee be informed on the progress of  the nomination for Salt Pan Creek, previously known as Salt Pan Creek Aboriginal Camp, to be declared as an Aboriginal Place.

(b)     That the Committee provides input on the recognition and protection of this significant place.

(c)     That the Committee continues its partnership with Council and the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) on the recognition and protection of Aboriginal sites and cultural heritage across the Local Government Area.

 

 

 

Executive Summary

1.   The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) has received a nomination for Salt Pan Creek, previously known as Salt Pan Creek Aboriginal Camp, to be declared as an Aboriginal Place. The nominated place falls within the Georges River Council Local Government Area and is located at Peakhurst. 

 

Background

1.   Staff from OEH have prepared a presentation on the Salt Pan Creek Aboriginal Place nomination for Committee information and consideration. 

2.   The nominated site is near the Council's 2015 Historical Marker in Charm Place which recognises aspects of the former camp’s history.

3.   Council, along with OEH, acknowledges and respects the rights of Aboriginal people to determine the cultural significance of their heritage and values the views of the community on places of special significance to them.

 

Financial Implications

4.      No budget impact for this report.

 

File Reference

16/2124

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

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Georges River Council – Aboriginal Advisory Committee Meeting -  Monday, 7 August 2017                                      Page 16

Item:                   AAC012-17        Smoking Ceremony protocols  

Author:              Multicultural and Indigenous Development Officer, Jamal Bassam

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Agenda Items

 

 

Recommendation

That the Committee reviews and endorses Smoking Ceremony protocols for inclusion in the Aboriginal Protocols and Practices document.

 

 

 

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1.   Georges River Council is committed to observing Aboriginal cultural protocols, including Smoking Ceremony protocols that demonstrate respect for the cultural traditions and the history of the Aboriginal people living within the Council Local Government Area.

 

2.   Council has demonstrated a genuine ongoing commitment to recognise and acknowledge Aboriginal people, their culture and heritage. Council works closely with members of the Aboriginal Advisory Committee to communicate Aboriginal cultural protocols to the organisation and to the broader community.

 

Background

3.   Council has recently developed protocols about Welcomes to Country and Acknowledgments of Country, and it is proposed to extend the protocols to include Smoking Ceremony and other protocols. It is hoped that these protocols can assist Council staff and stakeholders with improved ways of acknowledging, communicating, consulting and working with our local Aboriginal community. It is also hoped that these protocols will help provide a better understanding of Aboriginal culture and traditions.

4.   The draft Smoking Ceremony practices will be discussed at the meeting; these will form part of Council's document on Aboriginal Protocols and Practices.  

 

Financial Implications

5.      No budget impact for this report.

 

File Reference

16/2124

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment View1

Draft Aboriginal Cultural Protocols

 


Georges River Council - Aboriginal Advisory Committee Meeting - Monday, 7 August 2017

AAC012-17             Smoking Ceremony protocols

[Appendix 1]          Draft Aboriginal Cultural Protocols

 

 

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Georges River Council - Aboriginal Advisory Committee Meeting - Monday, 7 August 2017

AAC013-17             Review of Aboriginal strategy

[Appendix 1]          Hurstville City Council Aboriginal Strategy

 

 

Page 19

 

Item:                   AAC013-17        Review of Aboriginal strategy  

Author:              Multicultural and Indigenous Development Officer, Jamal Bassam

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Agenda Items

 

 

Recommendation

(a)     That the Committee endorses the review and preparation of the Georges River Council Aboriginal Strategy.

(b)     That the Committee provides feedback on the document currently under review at the         next Committee meeting.

 

 

Executive Summary

1.   In the past, Council has worked with the community to realise the aspirations outlined in the former Hurstville City Council Aboriginal Strategy. As a newly amalgamated Council, it is important that Georges River Council develops a new Aboriginal Strategy to ensure it addresses the needs of our changing community. 

 

Background

2.   The former Hurstville City Council Aboriginal Strategy was developed in the context of Council’s Community Strategic Plan 2021 to enhance engagement with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

3.   Council launched its Aboriginal Strategy during Reconciliation Week Celebration in May 2015. The Strategy has objectives and strategies to improve outcomes for local Aboriginal people. A plan was developed in consultation with Committee members which outlines the individual projects and activities that Council will undertake in the subject year to achieve the commitments made in the Aboriginal Strategy.

4.   Council is currently developing its Community Strategic Plan in consultation with the community. Council's Community Strategic Plan requires Council to work towards an integrated planning process wherein all strategies are linked. It is relevant that the Aboriginal Strategy links to the new Council plans, processes and documents.

5.   Council's staff will provide further information about the Aboriginal Strategy review and facilitate input from Committee members into the development of the new strategy.

 

Financial Implications

6.      Within budget allocation.

 

File Reference

16/2124

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment View1

Hurstville City Council Aboriginal Strategy

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


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Item:                   AAC014-17        Self Care session 

Author:              Multicultural and Indigenous Development Officer, Jamal Bassam

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Agenda Items

 

 

 

Recommendation

That the Committee takes part in a training session about self-care and wellbeing organised by Georges River Council.

 

Executive Summary

1.      Georges River Council has organised a self-care session for members of the Aboriginal Advisory Committee.

2.      The session will explore current levels of wellbeing and self-care practice, provide new strategies and education around how to improve wellbeing, and create a space for critical conversations on how members of the committee can implement higher levels of wellbeing to maintain their important role in the Georges River community.

 

Background

3.      Georges River Council is committed to the wellbeing of their staff, both paid and voluntary, and recognises the importance in providing opportunities to maintain high levels of wellbeing throughout the organisation.

4.      It is particularly important to provide Council’s volunteer Aboriginal Advisory Committee with opportunities to develop both personally and professionally and to give back to those who continue to serve Council and advice on cultural matters.

5.      Council will run a self-care session that will explore current levels of wellbeing and self-care practice, provide new strategies and education around how to improve wellbeing. 

 

Financial Implications

6.      Funding provided in Council’s 2017/2018 budget to fund this project.

 

File Reference

16/2124

 

 

 

  


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Item:                   AAC015-17        Council Gateway Signage  

Author:              Multicultural and Indigenous Development Officer, Jamal Bassam

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Agenda Items

 

 

Recommendation

1.   That the Committee endorse the wording acknowledging the traditional custodians of the land upon which the Georges River Council Gateway signage is proposed to be installed across the Local Government Area as “Welcome to Biddegal Country”.

 

 

 

 

Executive Summary

1.   Council is proposing to install welcome signage at key gateways to the Georges River Council Local Government Area. As part of Council’s commitment to acknowledging and recognising the traditional custodians of the land, proposed wording will say “Welcome to Biddegal Country”.

 

Background

2.   Council will be replacing signage on entrance gateways across the Local Government Area. The new signage will say “Welcome to Biddegal Country”. It is proposed to be installed at 12 key gateways, including 10 existing gateways and 2 new locations that currently have no gateway signage.

3.   Council will seek Committee feedback on the wording and spelling of the traditional custodians of the land to be acknowledged on the gateway signage.

4.   Council will also seek feedback and approval from the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council regarding the gateway signage.

 

Financial Implications

5.   Funding has been allowed in Councils 2017/2018 budget for this project.

 

File Reference

16/2124

 

 

 

     


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6.      General Business

7.      Next Meeting