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MINUTES OF THE ABORIGINAL CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE OF ASHFIELD COUNCIL, HELD ON LEVEL 6, CIVIC CENTRE, 260 LIVERPOOL ROAD, ASHFIELD ON THURSDAY 16 AUGUST 2012, COMMENCING AT 4:30 PM.

 

 

PRESENT         Councillor Cassidy in the Chair, Councillors Lofts and McKenna, Irene Williams, Therese Heffernan, Patricia Blackman, Debbie Lennis, Janelle Scott, Clabon Allen, Peter Cross, Warren Jaimeson, Fleur Herskovitch, Mr Michael Harrington (Manager Waste & Recycling Contract Projects), Ms Nexhmije Shala (Group Manager, Community Programs & Services), Ms Nellette Kettle (Director Corporate and Community Services), Anthia Hart.

 

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF LOCAL ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY

 

"Let us acknowledge that we are meeting on country for which the members and elders of the local Aboriginal community have been custodians for many centuries, and on which Aboriginal people have performed age old ceremonies. We acknowledge their living culture and unique role in the life of this region."

 

 

APOLOGIES    

 

                            RESOLVED                                  Heffernan /Cross

 

An apology for non attendance was received and accepted from Councillor His Worship the Mayor, Councillor Kennedy, Gerard Howard

 

 

 

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

 

No disclosures were made.

 

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES

 

 

Confirmed                                     Cross/Lennis

 

The minutes of the Aboriginal Consultative Committee Meeting held on Thursday 21 June 2012 were confirmed.

 


 

 

GUEST SPEAKER

 

Guest speaker, Council Officer Mr Michael Harrington, Manager of Waste and Recycling Projects addressed the Committee requesting 3 or 4 Aboriginal names for consideration for naming of unnamed lanes in the Ashfield Council Area.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION                           Cassidy/Lofts

 

1/2    That the sub-Committee decide on 3-4 suitable names (in order of preference) and liaise directly with Michael Harrington as soon as possible.

 

2/2    That Mr Michael Harrington be thanked for his presentation.

 

 

Staff Reports

 

 

Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Booklet and Recognition of the Aboriginal Community Policy.

                                                                                                                   ACC 6.1

 

 

RECOMMENDATION                  Allen/Jaimeson

 

1/2    That the Sub-Committee meet to discuss the  ‘Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Booklet’ and ‘Recognition of the Aboriginal Community Policy’ and  provide any feedback on these documents to the October Committee meeting.

 

2/2    That the Sub-Committee meet and prepare draft wording for the plaque, to be brought back to the October Committee meeting.

 

 

2012 NAIDOC Celebrations.

                                                                                                                   ACC 6.2

 

Ms Scott thanked Council and Committee for the range of NAIDOC events and activities and Ms Lennis for the display of artefacts and items from her personal collection.

 

Ms Heffernan thanked Council for naming the activity rooms after foundation members of the ACC.

 

Ms Lennis thanked Council for the bus trip to Ku-ring-gai National Park.

 

 

RESOLVED                         Scott/Lennis

 

That the Committee note the information contained in this report.

 

 

 

Building the Sister Community relationship with the Peak Hill Aboriginal Community Working Party.

                                                                                                                   ACC 6.3

 

Councillor Lofts reported that Ashfield Boys High (ABH) staff had discussed the sister community concept with the Peak Hill community representative at the activity room opening event and there was interest in furthering the relationship.  Ms Scott will liaise with Ms Louise Finnigan from ABH  regarding establishment of an inter school relationship.

 

There was discussion about having artists from the Peak Hill community visit within the council Artist in Residence program.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:                          Lennis/Cross

 

That the Sister Community agreement attached to the report be endorsed by the Committee and be reported to Council for endorsement to formalise the relationship with the Peak Hill community.

 

  

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:                             Jaimeson/Cross

 

1/4    That the Acting Director, Works and Infrastructure be asked to provide information to the Committee on the feasibility of the tree trunk as an art installation in Ashfield Park.

 

2/4    That the sub-Committee will determine wording for the ‘gateway’ installation.

 

3/4    That the General Manager request SSROC to employ an Aboriginal Liaison Officer who would service Ashfield and other Councils.

 

4/4    That the action, ‘Advocate for an Aboriginal person, with full voting rights, to be represented on all NSW Councils and that this person be elected by Aboriginal people of the local area or appointed by the State Government of the day’ be retained in the RAP document.

 


 

PROCEEDINGS TERMINATED AT 6.10PM

 

 

 

Chairperson of the meeting of Aboriginal Consultative Committee

when the Minutes were confirmed

 

 

 

Chairperson

 

 

 

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