4 – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Futures

4 – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Futures

Central Coast Council acknowledges and pays respect to the Traditional Owners and custodians of country throughout Australia. We honour and respect the diverse cultural heritage, customs and beliefs of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Central Coast Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are a wide-ranging group who come from many communities and language groups from all over Australia. Thus cultural views are diverse. Many Aboriginal people on the Central Coast identify as being Darkinjung or Guringai. Council acknowledges the land claims of the Darkinjung and Guringai people and notes the application by Guringai to the National Native Titles Tribunal for recognition of their native title in areas of the Central Coast Council. Council acknowledges some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the local government area belong to Stolen Generations or have been affected by child removal policies. Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples Australia-wide, including those in the Central Coast LGA, have been affected to varying degrees by assimilationist policies or ongoing discrimination which negatively impacts people’s social and emotional wellbeing and access to culture. Council also acknowledges the impacts of intergenerational trauma as well as the inherent strength and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in contemporary Australia.

Council acknowledges the necessity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to have access to the power and resources necessary for a self-determined future.

Council will encourage and support a progressive move towards equitable outcomes between Central Coast Aboriginal people and the wider community.Council will encourage and support opportunities which enable Central Coast Aboriginal people to move towards financial independence.


4.1 Central Coast Council

4.1.1 Council will maintain a determined process of consultation and negotiation with individual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people and, specifically, the Guringai and Darkinjung.

4.1.2 Council will establish a permanent standing committee to advise and recommend actions for Council. This committee will be serviced by a Council officer and comprise: the Mayor or deputy, the CEO or deputy, two Councillors elected by Council, and representatives nominated by Central Coast Aboriginal communities. This Committee will be co-chaired by an Aboriginal person and a Councillor.

4.1.3 Council will prepare a report (Aboriginal Futures) which will provide up-to-date data on Aboriginal activity in the local Government area.

        • Overall population and centres of concentration,
        • Employment by: employment category; gender; age; unemployment; under-employment; vocational interests and aspirations.
        • Education by: interest and motivation; perceived intrinsic value, education level; gender; age; vocational aspirations
        • Housing by: gender; age; marital/partnered status; number of children; housing aspirations
        • Safety and well-being by: perceptions of safety, purposefulness, satisfaction, pride, belonging, violence, intimidation, racism, discrimination
        • Prospective and desired interests and lifestyle by: age, gender, sports, arts, cultural events

4.1.4 Council will undertake an audit of Council jobs with a view to identifying a proportion of jobs at different levels, requiring different skill-sets, for designated Aboriginal study and work traineeships for Central Coast Aboriginal people. This audit will review other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment programs to identify methods by which Councils plan to provide jobs, education pathways and career development for new and existing Indigenous employees. When undertaking this audit, Council researchers will consider organisations which will partner with Council. E.g. National Parks and Wildlife, Rural Fire Service, State Emergency Services, Marine Rescue, NSW Ambulance, NSW Fire Service etc.. Council will document all major measures of social and economic participation and success.

4.1.5 Council will seek advice from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander standing committee on future plans of action concerning:

        • Employment generation
        • Integration of vocational education with modern and potential employment opportunities
        • Housing for Aboriginal families, single people, victims of violence, homeless people and people with mental illness or ‘dual diagnosis’.

4.1.6 Council will, for events such as National Reconciliation Week and/or NAIDOC Week 2018, schedule and run with the assistance of NGOs, a variety of events designed to attract different audiences: films; public displays of Aboriginal culture and ceremony; readings of authored Aboriginal experiences and/or Aboriginal traditional stories; public discussion[s] involving Aboriginal elders/spokespersons and the wider community; public debate; tours of special Aboriginal sites, dance and other performing arts, exhibits of artefacts in line with existing cultural protocols etc.

4.1.7 Council will support the creation of a unique Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tourist experience. E.g. https://www.facebook.com/The-Centre-for-Aboriginal-Torres-Strait-Islander-History-Culture-1856711207932678/

4.1.8 Council will consider options prepared for it by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait standing committee concerning a regular, high profile, Central Coast specific, Aboriginal-based event. E.g. A month-long Australian Aboriginal Youth AI and Smarts Generator; Week-long Aboriginal Performing Arts event designed to generate cutting edge thinking from Aboriginal innovators while giving the Central Coast national image and presence.

4.1.9 Council will ensure that every tender for all Council-funded or managed event, requires employment opportunities for Aboriginal people.

4.1.10 Council will prepare a procurement policy that requires supplier diversity including opportunities Page 3 of 3 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses. Supply Nation https://www.supplynation.org.au

4.2 NSW Government: Council will seek NSW Government funds to assist with programs, which enable partnering in opportunities to achieve a progressive future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

4.3 Federal Government: Council will seek Federal Government funds to assist with programs, which enable partnering in opportunities to achieve a progressive future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

No comments are available, as further direct community engagement will be available in the form of a special purpose “wiki” using the open source “Wikimedia” software which is used to power WikiPedia, to be launched shortly after the election at Central Coast Wiki for registration of interested residents to participate.

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