Seeking cultural advisors keen to make a difference

Seeking cultural advisors keen to make a difference

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who live, work or study in the City of Sydney area are invited to join the City’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advisory panel.

The City is seeking nominations for new panel members who will provide advice on matters of importance to Sydney’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City was committed to working closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to better understand the needs and concerns of local communities.

“When we consulted with the community for our long-term plan, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities called for an advisory panel to ensure their voices were heard at the highest level here at the City of Sydney,” the Lord Mayor said.

“The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advisory panel has provided invaluable advice on a range of City projects and initiatives and the issues affecting their local communities.

“We highly value the knowledge and expertise each panel member brings to the table and we look forward to welcoming new members this year.”

Since it began in 2008, the panel has provided advice on the City’s reconciliation action plan, the Eora Journey program, a review of cultural protocols and a range of policies, projects and events.

The panel is made up of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, community and cultural leaders, industry professionals, academics, young people and students.

Current member and Wiradjuri man Lachlan McDaniel said the panel provides an opportunity to give back to the community while gaining professional development.

“Being on the panel gives you the opportunity to contribute to the community by advising on a broad range of projects providing positive outcomes,” Mr McDaniel said.

“It’s also a unique opportunity to further your personal development by learning the skills of good governance.”

Mr McDaniel has served on the City’s advisory panel for two terms.

“Being on the City of Sydney’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel has been an excellent experience,” Mr McDaniel said.

“If you’re looking for a way to give back to your community, I highly recommend you put an application forward.”

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel has provided advice on recent projects including:

  • the Eora Journey program that celebrates the living cultures of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Sydney
  • using Aboriginal language “Bujari gamarruwa” (good day) and “You are on Gadigal Country” on City park and venue signage
  • a review of the City’s naming policy to include guidelines for using local Aboriginal languages.

The panel has helped elevate the profile of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures through a range of events and programs, including the Sydney Barani website and the popular NAIDOC in the City program.

Panel members are required to serve a three-year term with an option to serve two consecutive terms.

Nominations for new panel members close 5pm Friday 11 May 2018.

For more information see cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/community/community-support/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-communities/the-city-advisory-panel

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