Have your say on the Aboriginal Community Plan

Lake Macquarie City Council is currently reviewing and updating the Aboriginal Community Plan and Statement of Commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“We want to learn more about the key challenges facing local communities, success stories and ways you think Council can contribute.”

To be involved in the review, complete our short survey online. Submit your feedback before Friday 10 February and you will go in the draw to win a $200 voucher to Saretta Fielding's Art and Design.

Council’s Acting Manager Community Planning, Stephen McAlister, said these two significant strategic documents will support Council to facilitate the needs of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community across the City.

“The Aboriginal Community Plan highlights the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents in our City, and aims to identify priority areas and strategies to meet these needs,” Mr McAlister said.

“To determine the needs of the Lake Macquarie community and develop actions for the next three years, we are seeking input from the wider-community, as well as Elders, Local Aboriginal Land Councils, Traditional Owner organisations, Aboriginal organisations, those who work with or in the Aboriginal community and various government agencies.

The 2012-2015 Aboriginal Community Plan identified 35 priority actions, out of which 32 were completed. Some of the achieved actions include:

·deliver Aboriginal culture sessions, free to Council staff and external organisations, in particular those working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;

·compile and distribute the quarterly newsletter, Koori Grapevine

·host community events to recognise significant cultural dates like NAIDOC Week and Reconciliation Week

·attend and contribute to community meetings and gatherings, in particular the Eastlakes and Westlakes NAIDOC committees;

·offer an allocation of funding for NAIDOC Week events and cultural identity programs; and

·support and partner with internal and external departments to offer community programs.

Find out more about the Aboriginal Community Plan here.

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