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Minutes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee Minutes 26th August 2008
MINUTES OF THE ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING HELD IN ROOM 1, GROUND FLOOR, COUNCIL CHAMBERS, PARRAMATTA ON TUESDAY 26th AUGUST 2008 †AT 6.05 PM.
Gilson Saunders (Chairman), Linda McDonald, June Magrath, Doug Desjardines, Kerrie Kenton, Phillip Bradley, Marcia Donovan, Annie Nielsen, Phil Russo, Lyn Leerson
Maggie Kyle Ė Community Capacity Building Officer and Elise Mawhood Ė Minute taker, Joanne McNeil - Community Capacity Building Officer, Shanene Hogg Ė Aboriginal Project Officer
1††† ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF TRADITIONAL OWNERS THE DHARUG PEOPLE
Gilson Saunders did an Acknowledgment of Country recognising that the land upon which the meeting was being held is Dharug and paying respect to Elders past and present.
2††† WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS
Gilson Saunders welcomed members and Council staff to the meeting.
3††† CHAIRPERSONíS REMINDER REGARDING MEETING PROTOCOLS
The Chairperson reminded members of the meeting protocol.
Apologies were received and accepted for the absence of Bruce Gale, John Robertson, Anne Castles and Alan Merriman.
5††† CONFLICT OF INTERESTS
No conflicts of interest noted.
6††† CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES
of the minutes of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee
Meeting held on
RECOMMENDATION ††††††††††††††††††† (Neilson/Magrath)
The minutes of the Aboriginal and
7††† BUSINESS ARISING
Minute 8.3 of 22 July 2008 meeting:†† Linda McDonald did not attend the Ball.† Annie Neilson advised that the NAIDOC ball was a great event and awards, under various categories were given. Lyn Leerson received an award. The ATSI Advisory Committee congratulated her on her achievement.† Linda McDonald is hoping to become a member of the Committee as the ATSI Advisory Committee representative.
McDonald be the nominated representative for the
Minute 10.6 took 70 copies of the flyer to the NAIDOC Ball, was a successful event in raising the funds needed to support the carer to go to the Special Olympics.
8††† ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND THANKS TO THE ATSI COMMITTEE FOR THEIR WORK
Maggie Kyle thanked the ATSI Advisory Committee members for their commitments over the past four years and in particular the past year.
Annie Neilson advised the ATSI Advisory Committee that she is running as an independent candidate in the 2008 Local Government Elections.
9††† ATSI Community Project Officerís Report (Shanene Hogg)
Aboriginal Employment Strategy
Attended, with and one of Councilís Human Resources staff the Grow Indig. Job Market at MT Druitt.
Meetings with Parrasip
Parramatta School Industry regarding a Koori Information session for High School students to enable Human Resources to identify the areas of employment that school leavers are moving towards.
Welcome to Country protocol
A draft of the protocol has been submitted to Management and a project proposal is currently being discussed to have a facilitated workshop for ATSI Advisory Committee members to have input into the protocol. Two half day workshops have been suggested and the final program will be discussed with the CCB Team Manager.
Social enterprise: attended meetings with Jo McNeil, Community Capacity Building Officer Social Enterprise and two prospective Aboriginal clients.
are being held with one organisation regarding the set up of a resource
library/ cultural keeping place for
Involvement in Foundation Day has been discussed with Councilís Heritage Officer Michelle Desailly.
Cultural Awareness Training for PCC Staff
Discussions regarding how to implement the CAT across Council have been held and strategies have been researched.
Involvement in different Council projects have enabled more understanding and will assist in implementing Cultural Awareness Training across Council.
Contact with Regional Justice Coordinator has been made and a meeting date will be setup to discuss case management for ATSI clients leaving prison.
Shanene Hogg went on to congratulate the committee on a successful NAIDOC 2008 event.
10† ATSI Social Enterprise Information Forum
Jo McNeil, Community Capacity Building Officer Social Enterprise provided information:
In the June 2008 meeting the Committee recommended that Council host an information forum which will be open to community on Aboriginal social enterprise.† At this stage it is being planned for October 2008.
Community Grants Program- including Social Enterprise Grants, opens on
A Social Enterprise is a business which puts profit back into community. Social Enterprises provide employment opportunities to disadvant6aged/ excluded members of community. Child care services is a good example of social enterprise
Committee Members should advise community members about the Social Enterprise program in particular, that support is available to people should they have an idea about a social enterprise project.† For further information please contact Joanne McNeill 02 9806 5102.
Doug Desjardines raised the need for accommodation facility for ex-prisoners and stated that some businesses were interested in funding. Doug Desjardines will contact Joanne McNeil to discuss further.
raised need for
Phil Russo noted that future Councilís business development should set aside some area for Aboriginal heritage.
Kerrie Kenton will forward to the committee members the plan she drafted on housing/training for Aboriginal ex-offenders.
11† GENERAL BUSINESS AND INFORMATION SHARING
Kyle informed the committee that the Recommendation made by the Committee to
place a plaque at
Maggie Kyle also informed the committee that Bruce Gale has been communicating with Councilís Heritage Centre regarding the photo of Aunty Mavis.
Doug Desjardines noted that the Department of Corrective Services are going out on strike again and prisoners are treated badly when this happens.
At the Executive Meeting it was decided to draft a letter to Australian Human Rights Commission and the NSW Department of Corrective Services on prisonersí (lack of) human rights.
That Council note that the Committee views with grave concerns the lock
down situation at Long Bay Correctional Centre and the potential for this lock
down to spread to both Parramatta and Silverwater Correctional Centres.† Aboriginal and
That a delegation from this Committee meet with the Local Federal Member, Julie Owens and discuss their concerns regarding the impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander† families and children if their welfare payments are withdrawn because children are not enrolled in school.
That the ATSI Advisory Committee writes to the
Lyn Leerson updated the committee on the work of Western Sydney Reconciliation: They have communicated with the Department of Aboriginal Affairs regarding the issues at Long Bay Correctional Facility when staff go out on strike. They have referred the matter to the Minister for his attention. †
Western Sydney Reconciliation have written to the Prime Minister, the Honourable Kevin Rudd; the Honourable Jenny Macklin and the Honourable Ms Julie Owens regarding the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People and requesting compensation for the Stolen Generations.
Maggie Kyle was asked to find out if the library is participating in the Indigenous Literacy Day. †Phil Bradley will identify any bookstores in the LGA are participating.
Magrath informed the Committee of the upcoming Kids Fun Day which will promote
Child Protection Week. It will be held at Dawson Mall Mt Druitt† on
June Magrath distributed surveys to Committee members from Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Womenís Legal Centre and the NSW Attorney Generalís Department and asked the members to complete them.
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