Aboriginal Advisory Committee

 

 

Meeting Date:     Tuesday, 27 March, 2018

Location:            E-Meeting

 

 

Please note: Council’s Code of Meeting Practice permits the electronic recording and broadcast of the proceedings of meetings of the Council which are open to the public. Your attendance at this meeting is taken as consent to the possibility that your image and/or voice may be recorded and broadcast to the public.

 

 

Agenda

 

1.    Apologies

2.    A Minute Silence in Respect of Aboriginal Elders, Past and Present

3.    Confirmation of Minutes

·      Aboriginal Advisory Committee - 12 February 2018.................................................... 1

4.    Declarations of Interest

5.    Reports

AA18.13...... Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards.............................................. 7                    

6.    General Business


 

 Aboriginal Advisory Committee – Tuesday 27 March 2018

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Membership

Ms Sue-Anne Cutmore - Chairperson

Clr Cheyne

Clr Levett

Clr Kitchener

Clr Proudfoot

Mr Russ Pigg or nominee

Ms Janet Atkins

Ms Sylvia Timbery

Ms Patricia Lester

Ms Christine Finney

Mr Shane Brown

Ms Leonie Ebzery

Ms Valda Corrigan (NPWS)

Ms Leslie Halls

Mr Noel Wellington

Mr Paul McLeod

Ms Janaya Hennessy

Ms Morgan Blakeney

Mr Charlie Ashby

Nowra LALC – Sharlene Cruickshank

Jerrinja LALC - Rebecca Woods

Ulladulla LALC

 

Quorum – Five (5)

  

Purpose

·        To advise Shoalhaven City Council on necessary issues relating to Aboriginal communities in the LGA.

·        Promote and increase knowledge & understanding of Aboriginal society, history & culture in the LGA.

·        Facilitate access and accessibility to services and facilities for Aboriginal people.

·        Advise on the development and implementation of the Shoalhaven City Council Community Strategic Plan.

·        Develop strong collaborative partnerships between Aboriginal communities and Shoalhaven City Council.

·        Maintain strong links between Council and Aboriginal communities throughout the Shoalhaven to accomplish the relationships and outcomes required for genuine reconciliation.

·        Foster and safeguard a spirit of mutual trust and respect which allows the AAC and Shoalhaven City Council to work together in their commitment towards intelligent, well informed decision making processes that are sensitive to all Aboriginal issues.

·        Recognise, support & uphold past and present local cultural heritage and its place in future Council directions.

·        Remain a meaningful ‘place’ for the communication of messages and information from Aboriginal community voices that identify local needs for services, facilities and activities.

·        Support and promote significant celebrations and events within the Shoalhaven Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

 


 

 

 

 

Minutes of the Aboriginal Advisory Committee

 

 

Meeting Date:     Monday, 12 February 2018

Location:            Jervis Bay Rooms, City Administrative Centre, Bridge Road, Nowra

Time:                   4.14pm

 

 

The following members were present:

 

Clr Nina Cheyne - Acting Chairperson

Clr Mark Kitchener

Clr John Levett

Shane Brown

Valda Corrigan - NPWS

Sharlene Cruikshank – Nowra LALC

Charlie Ashby

Sylvia Timbery

Leslie Halls

Sue Cutmore – Chairperson – arrived 4.58pm

 

Others present:

 

Clr Amanda Findley

Clr Patricia White

Liliana Hutchinson – Social Infrastructure Planner

Bonnie Hittman – Acting Senior Strategic Planner

 

A Minute Silence in Respect of Aboriginal Elders, Past and Present

 

 

 

 

Apologies / Leave of Absence

 

An apology was received from Leonie Ebzery, Christine Finney, Janet Atkins.

 

 

Confirmation of the Minutes

RESOLVED (Leslie Halls / Clr Cheyne)

 

That the Minutes of the Aboriginal Advisory Committee held on Monday 06 November 2017 be confirmed.

CARRIED

 

 

 

Declarations of Interest

 

Nil

 

AA18.9       Additional Item - Defer Addendum Reports - Election of Chairperson - Action Plan

 

Bonnie Hittman – Senior Acting Strategic Planner advised that considering the members present and the current Chairperson being absent it be suggested that the Addendum Reports Election of Chairperson and the Action Plan be deferred to the next meeting.

 

RESOLVED (By Consent)

That the following matters be deferred to the next meeting:

·    Election of Chairperson (AA18.7)

·    Aboriginal Advisory Committee Action Plan (AA18.8)

CARRIED

 

 

 

Presentations

 

AA18.1       Berry District Park - Liliana Hutchinson

HPERM Ref: D18/3348

Valda Corrigan arrived at the meeting 4.28pm

Liliana Hutchinson – Social Infrastructure Planner provided a handout of information to members in relation to the Berry District Park.

The following points were made:

·    As indicated on the plan there are various sections allocated for different activities

·    This is still in the concept stage and will shortly be presenting to the Berry Forum

·    The Berry Community and the Rotary have been keen drivers for this project and the Rotary have raised significant funds towards the toddler area project

·    Community Consultation has been extensive

·    On 25 March 2018 at the park there will be a Children’s consultation

·    Council is waiting on results and a report in relation to the ecological studies

·    This will be an accessible park with lift and change facilities

·    Most of the equipment will be nature based with an emphasis on the use of natural materials and for this project Council will be moving away from the common rubber soft fall concept

·    There will be a walking trail around the perimeter

·    Council’s priority is to recognise and acknowledge the cultural significance of the site.

·    Lili is awaiting access to the Culture and Heritage report that RMS have commissioned for the site

·    The Aboriginal Advisory Committee members were encouraged to offer suggestions direct to Liliana Hutchinson who can assist in making this a culturally significant site.

 

 

AA18.2       Seniors Festival 2018 - Helen Waterhouse

HPERM Ref: D18/23715

Helen Waterhouse was unable to attend the meeting and asked Bonnie Hittmann – Acting Senior Strategic Planner – to provide some information to the committee on her behalf. Bonnie read the following info:

 

·    The Seniors Festival week is April 4 – 13 . Seniors are 60 years and over.

·    Shoalhaven City Council will launch the calendar of events for Seniors Week including “Backyard Tours” at the Seniors Festival launch on 21 March at 10am – 12pm.

·    The Launch will be a 2 hour free event with a light morning tea. Members of the committee and Elders are welcome of the community to attend this morning. Members were asked to spread news of the event to others who may be interested in attending

·    This event is capped 100 attendees.

·    The backyard tours will run throughout the Shoalhaven From Ulladulla and Nowra and these too are free with 2 tours for each area.

·    Please contact Helen Waterhouse on 4429 3128 to register your interest for both Events during this week and she will send further details when available.

Action – Helen Waterhouse

Send flyers to Aunty Jean Turner, Marge Chant, Pat Seymour (from Grand Pacific Health) and Cullunghutti – Action Helen

 

 

Reports

 

AA18.4       Aboriginal Advisory Committee's 21st Anniversary

HPERM Ref: D17/430672

The following sugestions were made in relation to possible ways to recognise this milestone.

·    Suggested celebration before the formalities of the AAC meeting – before is preferred as the Elders may not want to be out late in the day in the colder month of May.

·    Suggested catering with traditional food

·    Invite past members and or speakers

·    A report be submitted in relation to significant past acheivments of the Committee

·    Hold the Celebration in a significant space

·    Commence the celebration at 2.00pm or 3.00pm prior to the meeting at 4.00pm

·    A media Release should go out and arrange the Executive Strategy team to record the celebration

·    Possible to have a powerpoint presentation on the past acheivements.

The Aboriginal Advisory Committee members to phone or email Margaret Simoes (phone 44293440) by Mid March with suggestions.

 

Recommendation (Item to be determined under delegated authority)

That

1.    The Aboriginal Advisory Committee receives the report for information

2.    The Aboriginal Advisory Committee discuss and consider any ideas to celebrate the 21st Anniversary milestone.

3.    It is recommended that all past Aboriginal Committee members be invited to celebrate the milestone with the current Advisory Committee on the 8th May 2018 the date of the next Aboriginal Advisory Committee meeting.

 

RESOLVED (By Consent)

That:

1.    The Aboriginal Advisory Committee receives the report for information

2.    The Aboriginal Advisory Committee provide input to Margaret Simoes any ideas to celebrate the 21st Anniversary milestone.

3.    It is recommended that all past Aboriginal Committee members be invited to celebrate the milestone with the current Advisory Committee on Monday 7 May 2018 the date of the next Aboriginal Advisory Committee meeting.

CARRIED

 

 

 

AA18.5       NSW Local Government Aboriginal Network Conference 2017

HPERM Ref: D17/430054

Sue Cutmore arrived 4.58pm

Clr Levett spoke to the report from the Conference.

It was mentioned that the work carried out in the Wiradjuri in a skilled work program could be put to use in the work and production of the Berry District Park.

 

Recommendation (Item to be determined under delegated authority)

That the Aboriginal Advisory Committee receive the report from Clr John Levett on the NSW Local Government Aboriginal Network Conference 2017 for information.

 

RESOLVED (By Consent)

That the Aboriginal Advisory Committee receive the report from Clr John Levett on the NSW Local Government Aboriginal Network Conference 2017 for information.

CARRIED

 

  

 

General Business

 

AA18.10     Additional Item - Resignation - Christine Finney

 

It was advised that Christine Finney has formally submitted her resignation from the Aboriginal Advisory Committee.

 

RESOLVED (By Consent)

That:

1.    A letter be sent to Christine Finney acknowledging her contribution to the Aboriginal Advisory Committee.

2.    Council call for expressions of Interest to fill the vacancy on the Committee

 CARRIED

 

AA18.6       Bonnie Hittmann – Acting Senior Strategic Planner to facilitate a workshop to progress the Action Plan

HPERM Ref: D18/8110

Bonnie Hittman provided the following information in relation to the Action Plan:

·    At the last meeting 3 options for a way forward were presented

·    The Committee chose to follow the framework provided by Collaborate NSW

·    It was intended to workshop the document

·    Margaret Simoes will be bringing back the consultant to move forward with the Action plan and workshops as Bonnie will be resigning from Council.

·    Margaret will help to coordinate the logistics and liaise with members and workshop

 

 

AA18.11     Additional Item - Aboriginal Advisory Committee role in Developments

 

Charlie Ashby asked the members and staff present about what type of role if any does the Aboriginal Advisory Committee play in terms of land development?

 

If development was proposed on Jerringa would the Aboriginal Advisory Committee or Council consult with their land council?

 

If there is a significance to a development how does the Aboriginal Advisory Committee play a role?

 

Valda Corrigan provided the following response:

·    For any Development anywhere in NSW there is to be a cultural heritage assessment

·    At this moment the Departments are working with the community to develop legislation around this

·    There is a process which is to be followed and the community is involved in onsite assessments together with close consultation with local people who have history in that area

 

Clr Findley provided the following response:

·    For any development, they have to ask first and go directly to the land council.

·    There are legacy issues that are difficult to deal with

·    Jerringa and Nowra LALC’s have their own Strategic Plans

·    There is a current NSW wide land claim over Crown Land

·    Ongoing smaller land claims are getting processed which is held up by the survey of the land prior to the land either being released or developed

 

Valda advised that in other regions Council’s have a Cultural Mapping Study where community values are recognised. Eurobodalla is one example and have worked with the community to create this study.

 

RESOLVED (By Consent)

That:

1.    Planning and Development Staff ( Director Planning Environment & Development/ Strategic Planning Manager/Development Services Manager) be invited to attend the August Committee meeting to explain the DA process in relation to any cultural or indigenous significance;

2.    Assets and Works Staff (Director Paul Keech or nominee) be invited to attend the November Committee meeting to explain the process in relation to what happens when Council does find cultural significance during maintenance and construction and how Council moves forward;

3.    Following parts 1 and 2 above, the Manager Business and Property or nominee be invited to attend a meeting of the committee to provide an update in relation to the Crown Lands Transfer.

CARRIED

 

 

AA18.12     Additional Item - 10th Anniversary of the Prime Minister's Apology

 

The Committee acknowledged that tomorrow 13 February 2018 is the 10th Anniversary of the Prime Minister’s Apology.

 

 

 

 

Addendum Reports

 

AA18.7       Election of Chairperson

HPERM Ref: D18/3103

Note: This matter was deferred. See AA18.9.

Recommendation (Item to be determined under delegated authority)

That:

1.    (Insert Name) be appointed as Chairperson of the Aboriginal Advisory Committee for 2018.

2.    (Insert Name) be appointed as Co-Chairperson of the Aboriginal Advisory Committee for 2018.

 

 

AA18.8       Aboriginal Advisory Committee Action Plan

HPERM Ref: D18/14307

Note: This matter was deferred. See AA18.9.

Recommendation (Item to be determined under delegated authority)

That

1.    The Aboriginal Advisory Committee receives the Progress Action Plan report

2.    The Aboriginal Advisory Committee discuss and consider any further actions from the Progress Action Plan report.

 

 

 

 

There being no further business, the meeting concluded, the time being 5.30pm.

 

 

Clr Cheyne

CHAIRPERSON

 


 

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AA18.13     Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards

 

HPERM Ref:       D18/73939

 

Group:                Finance Corporate & Community Services Group 

Section:              Recreation Community & Culture

 

    

 

Purpose / Summary

To request the Aboriginal Advisory Committee support and endorse an increase in the financial contribution to the 2018 Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards.

 

 

Recommendation (Item to be determined under delegated authority)

That

The Aboriginal Advisory Committee financially contribute an additional $1,000 each year in addition to the budgeted contribution of $2000 to support the 2018 Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards effective from Financial Year 2018/19 onwards.

 

 

Options

1.    That the Aboriginal Advisory Committee financially contribute an additional $1,000 on top of the budgeted contribution of $2000 to support the 2018 Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards

       Implications: Shoalhaven City Council will receive recognition and acknowledgement for       supporting this significant event in partnership with Wollongong City Council, Shellharbour City Council and Kiama Municipal Council.

 

2.    That the Aboriginal Advisory Committee not financially contribute the requested amount and consider other alternative options to support the Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards.

       Implications: That Shoalhaven City Council will not have the recognition and acknowledgement as an integral partner in this annual event.


 

 

Background

NAIDOC Week - 8 July to 15 July 2018

Theme: Because of her, we can!The 8th Annual Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards will be hosted by Kiama Municipal Council on Saturday 28 July 2018 at the Kiama Pavilion.

 

The Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards is an opportunity to recognise and acknowledge the outstanding contributions that Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people and organisations make to their communities.

 

The 2018 NAIDOC Week theme: Because of her, we can! will celebrate the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make - to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation. As pillars of our society, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played – and continue to play - active and significant roles at the community, local, state and national levels.

 

The Regional NAIDOC Awards is the only event of its kind and serves a very important role in promoting regional cooperation, strengthens partnerships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, local councils and other organisations and businesses. It is a significant contributor to the social capital that helps bind our collective interests and provides a prestigious platform that has become the 'premier event' for the partner local government areas, Wollongong City Council, Shellharbour City Council, Kiama Municipal Council and Shoalhaven City Council.

 

The NAIDOC awards are made possible with the support of our partner councils, corporate leaders, government agencies, non-government organisations and individuals. The host Council is tasked with raising the necessary financial sponsorship for the event. The NAIDOC Committee source funds from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet for Indigenous Advancement Strategy funds, and NSW Aboriginal Affairs.

 

Each year the respective partner councils contribute financially to the event. In the past seven years, Shoalhaven City Council has contributed $2,000 each year, which comes from the Aboriginal Advisory Committee’s budget. Council’s contribution of $2,000 has been allocated for the 2018 Regional NAIDOC Awards event. Initially the funding was reflective of the need of the event, however due to the event’s popularity the attendance has increased making an increase in contribution necessary. All partner Council’s have been asked to consider increasing their contribution towards this much valued and celebratory event.

 

It is being recommended that the Aboriginal Advisory Committee support and endorse an additional $1,000 to increase Council’s contribution to $3,000.

 

Community Engagement

Community members, Elders, agencies, corporate businesses, local and high profile Aboriginal entertainers invited to participate in the planning and presentation of the event. Council representatives invited as special guests to present awards from each partner Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Policy Implications

Community Strategic Plan Shoalhaven 2023

People – Strategies: 1.1.1 Support activities, events and festivals where communities in the Shoalhaven can gather and celebrate.

Financial Implications

The extra $1,000 can be funded from within the Aboriginal Advisory Committee budget to support the 2018 Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards in addition to the existing $2000 allocated in the Aboriginal Advisory Committee budget. 

It is proposed that this level of contribution totalling $3000 should become the annual amount contributed by Shoalhaven city Council and take effect from financial year 2018/19 onwards.