MINUTES OF THE ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING HELD IN ROOM 1, GROUND FLOOR, COUNCIL CHAMBERS, PARRAMATTA ON TUESDAY 28TH APRIL 2009 AT 6.25 PM.
Linda McDonald (Acting as Chairperson) Doug Desjardines (dep. 8.22pm), Lyn Leerson, Marcia Donovan, Annie Nielsen, June Townsend, June McGrath (arr. 6:35pm), Phillip Bradley (arr.6.40pm)
1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF TRADITIONAL OWNERS THE DHARUG PEOPLE
Doug Desjardines made 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
Doug Desjardines welcomed members and Council staff to the meeting. Doug noted that being without a quorum, any decisions made by the Committee at this meeting would require ratification at the next meeting.
3 CHAIRPERSON’S REMINDER REGARDING MEETING PROTOCOLS
The Chairperson reminded members of the meeting protocol.
Apologies were received and accepted for the absence of John Robertson, Anne Castles, Bruce Gale, Anne Stonham, Greg Stonham, Phil Russo, Shaneen Hogg and Cr. Paul Barber.
5 CONFLICT OF INTERESTS
There were no conflicts of interest noted.
6 CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES
A copy of the minutes of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee Meeting held on 24th March 2009 had previously been forwarded to each member.
The minutes of the Aboriginal and
7 BUSINESS ARISING
Recognition of Presence of Councillor Chiang Lim
The Committee recognised the presence of Councillor Chiang Lim at the meeting and expressed its appreciation that he had attended. Councillor Lim thanked the Committee for its welcome.
Lost Positions within Council
queried when the Natural Resources Officer- Aboriginal Heritage had been filled
or whether it was going to be lost.
sought clarification as to whether the Natural Resources- Aboriginal Heritage Officer
role had been an Elsie Dixon Employment Program position.
discussed whether Council had a commitment to include a certain percentage of
indigenous employees within its staff, and whether this target was being met at
Cr. Lim indicated that after attending the Local Government ATSI Conference in Armidale, he believed that Council did have a percentage target, and that to his knowledge Council had not achieved that target. Doug Desjardines suggested that Cr Lim should investigate what the target actually is, and what percentage of indigenous staff Council currently employs.
consideration of this matter, the Committee discussed the need to ensure that
the indigenous heritage of
8 NAIDOC PLANNING
A question was asked regarding the
sponsorship money that has been obtained from the
Consideration of March ATSI Minutes at the Council Meeting of April 27th
Councillor Lim provided the Committee with some information about Council’s consideration of the March Minutes of the ATSI Advisory Committee. Councillor Lim advised that Council had discussed the commitment of $50,000 in funds towards NAIDOC, and had sought further clarification about how NAIDOC is budgeted, given its timing at the very beginning of the financial year. Councillor Lim advised that there had been some confusion amongst Councillors given that the process of budgeting for the 2009/2010 financial year is still underway and Councillors had not approved the expenditure of any money at this stage. He understood that given the timing of NAIDOC, monies allocated to the 2008/2009 financial year had been approved and allocated.
Margie Perez distributed a list of performers who had expressed interest in performing at the NAIDOC Burramatta Family Fun Day event. The Committee considered the various performers, and confirmed their desire to have Nellie Dargan, Steve Fogarty, Sean Choolburra, the Stiff Gins, and Col Hardy perform at the day.
The Committee considered that the prices quoted for attendance by Christine Anu and Casey Donovan were too expensive.
The Committee discussed the need to ensure that there is appropriate children’s entertainment on the day and discussed two groups: the “Chrissy Island Kids”, and also the group “Mixed Kids”. Margarita suggested that the Chrissy Island Kids may be a bigger draw card. It was agreed that Margarita would see if she could get a reduced price for the Chrissy Island Kids and then report back to the Committee via e-mail and post before a final decision is made.
The Committee discussed the inclusion of an hour long local talent potion of the day. Margarita confirmed that this has been included in the timetable for the event.
Margarita advised the group that she was looking at the option of employing a chalk-drawer to do artwork on the pavement in the centre of Price Alfred Park. Margarita advised that they were currently considering having the Parramatta City Council logo drawn.
Linda McDonald asked that Margarita ensure that Uncle Wes be contacted about workshops and advised that she would provide Margarita with Uncle Wes’ phone number to facilitate this.
Margarita advised that there was a concern that the giant slide may not fit in Prince Alfred Park. She advised that she would be meeting with the amusement operator in the next week to determine whether this is the case. If the giant slide does not fit, an alternative ride, as advised by the operator, would be secured.
Margarita advised that the price of the coffee cart had increased substantially from last year and that the operators will not reduce this price unless the Committee devises a way to better manage the provision of free coffee.
The Committee discussed the option of asking for a gold coin donation, or placing a time limit on the availability of the free coffee. Doug Desjardines strongly objected to this. The Committee discussed the fact that the operator has been working at a loss for the last two events and that on this basis, perhaps it was reasonable to pay the increased price rather than seeking alternative providers. Margarita advised that if the Committee were to agree to the increased cost, something else will have to be taken away from the event to compensate.
It was agreed that the matter would be referred to the next meeting of the ATSI Committee and a determination made.
Security for Burramatta Family Fun Day
Margarita advised that she had received quotes from two companies for the provision of security services at the event: Ridgeway and Wright. The Committee indicated that they would prefer to utilise Wright’s security services. Margarita stated that she would contact Wright to see if they would reduce their quote.
Margarita advised that a quote had
been obtained for a charter to pick up people and drop them off at 4pm. The Committee noted that
The Committee was advised that the
cost of running the
Matters for discussion at the next meeting
Margarita advised that she will
bring the draft creative material to the next meeting of the Committee. Other information to be provided and
discussed will include information on radio promotions and radio interviews,
the invitation list and list of delegates, and the possibility of advertisement
posters on Rail Corp property or a Western Sydney NAIDOC poster including the
Linda asked whether Jai Pittman had been invited to lodge an Expression of Interest Form for the Burramatta Family Fun Day. Linda was advised to send an EOI form to Jai, or to have him call Margarita on 9806 5035.
Maggie Kyle advised that she would be meeting with Council’s Civic Events and Protocols Officer, M’Leigh Dickie, to be briefed on Sorry Day and would ask M’Leigh to e-mail the details to the Committee. Lyn Leerson sought information about a Statewide calendar, and Maggie advised that she would ask M’Leigh to e-mail Lyn.
9 GENERAL BUSINESS AND INFORMATION SHARING
Urban Aboriginal Exchange Program
Maggie Kyle advised that Michael Dagostino, Co-ordinator, Parramatta
Artists Studios, is seeking the Committee’s feedback about the Urban Aboriginal
Exchange Program. The program involves
selecting an indigenous artist to travel to
Education for Sustainability
Maggie Kyle advised that Council Officers are currently developing a plan titled “Education for Sustainability” and are looking at ways of consulting with various community groups. The objective of the plan is to determine what Parramatta City Council can do to educate the community on the importance of sustainability. The plan relates to both Council staff, and members of the community.
Maggie advised that one of the Council Officers working on the plan would like to meet with members of the Committee in either June or July. It was suggested by Committee members that the officer might like to put up a display at the Burramatta Family Fun Day and consult with a broad range of community members. Maggie also asked if it would be possible for the Council Officer to come to one of the ATSI Committee meetings. The Committee agreed that she could come to the July meeting and that 30 minutes would be allocated to discussion of the plan.
The Road to Better Days – Talk by Jeff McMullan
The Committee discussed an upcoming talk by Jeff McMullan, the CEO of the
Ian Thorpe Font of Youth charity. The
talk is taking place at the Karrabi Neighbourhood Centre, and the Committee was
advised that Reconciliation for
Use of Parramatta Library Dharug Room for Dharug Language Lessons
The Committee discussed the request received by Parramatta Library to use the Dharug Room in the Library at reduced costs for the conduct of Dharug Language lessons. Maggie Kyle advised the Committee that the Community Capacity Building Team and the Library support the use of the Dharug Room for language classes. The Committee agreed that it was appropriate for the Library to reduce the charges.
The Committee was advised that Nicholii Cottage had closed as agreed by its members, and that the Department of Community Services (DoCS) had asked that their funds be returned. These funds are now being used to provide programs for children and families in the community by two separate organisations whilst another auspicing organisation is contracted.
It was noted that DoCS Expressions of Interest process to secure the new auspicing organisation closes at the end of May 2009 and Committee members were advised to encourage any interested services to apply.
The Committee briefly discussed the need for a program in which the Committee mentors an indigenous person with the aim of that person ultimately being elected as a Councillor. The Committee acknowledged Maureen Walsh, who has previously served as a Councillor with Parramatta City Council. The Committee agreed to discuss the idea at a future meeting, and also agreed to invite Maureen Walsh to apply for membership of the ATSI Advisory Committee
Membership of the ATSI Advisory Committee
Maggie Kyle advised that following Council’s decision at their March 2009 Council meeting, regarding the future of Advisory Committees, the Community Capacity Building Team would be putting in place the required process to re-establish Committees. This would include an expression of interest process which will be advertised. The Terms of Reference for Council’s Advisory Committees will also require review, before both they and the proposed list of members are presented to Council for approval. The Committee was encouraged to invite interested persons to apply to join the Committee.
During consideration of this item the Committee also recognised the need to encourage indigenous membership on Council’s other advisory Committees. Maggie advised that membership to all Council’s Advisory Committees would be open to interested people and that Committee members could encourage indigenous persons to apply.
ATSI Advisory Executive Meeting
Ground Floor Council Chambers,
Tuesday, 26 May 2009 5pm
ATSI Advisory Meeting
Ground Floor Council Chambers,
Tuesday, 26 May 2009 6pm
The Meeting concluded at 8:55pm