Item 9.1 - Attachment 1
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee Minutes 22 March 2011
MINUTES OF THE ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING HELD IN GROUND FLOOR MEETING ROOMS 1 AND 2, COUNCIL CHAMBER, PARRAMATTA ON TUESDAY, 22 MARCH 2011 AT 6:17PM
Comber (Archaeologist/Heritage Consultant – retired 6.39pm),
1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF TRADITIONAL OWNERS THE DHARUG PEOPLE
2 WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS
An apology was received and accepted for the absence of Phil Bradley, Shalini Kumari, Annie Nielsen, John Robertson and Greg Stonham.
4 CONFLICT OF INTERESTS
There were no conflicts of interest at this meeting.
5 GUEST SPEAKER - JILLIAN COMBER –
ARCHAEOLOGIST/HERITAGE CONSULTANT – UPDATE ON DIGS AROUND
Comber presented to the Committee on the archaeological dig recently carried
Ms Comber noted that an invite had previously been extended to members of the Committee to visit the dig; however, this had not occurred due to the discovery of acid sulphate in the soil on site. In addition, asbestos had been removed from the top 2 metres of the site.
The dig process was outlined including advice on the grid setup, excavation in one metre squares at levels of 5cm at a time and the use of the sieve.
Findings during the dig included:-
· An unexpected well at a depth of 5 metres;
· A sako badge. A quite rare artefact from the 1790s. Only the 2nd similar badge to have been found in Parramatta;
· Various Aboriginal artefacts including tool making and cutting implements;
· The sand terrace on the western side of the site.
artefacts discovered would be forwarded to the
Ms Comber noted that the completion of the archaeology report would take some time due to the 3000 artefacts found but added a copy of the report would be provided to the Committee, the library and local schools when completed.
Mr Desjardines noted that a well had been discovered behind the old army barracks and suggested that the wells may be connected.
In response to further questions, Ms Comber advised that standard notification procedures were undertaken of local residents in relation to the discovery of asbestos.
Ms Comber further added that interpretation signage will be erected on the wall of the new substation, when completed.
The Committee thanked Ms Comber for her attendance.
Comber indicated that she would like to attend a future Committee Meeting when
more research on the findings had been undertaken and also to speak on
Ms Stonham suggested that such a presentation would be welcomed and other interested persons could be invited to attend the meeting.
1. Anne Stonham and Doug Wilson arrived at the meeting at 6.28pm during the presentation.
2. Ms Comber retired from the meeting at 6.39pm following the presentation.
GUEST SPEAKER – PAUL KENNEDY – REVIEW OF COUNCIL’S HERITAGE LISTINGS
· A major heritage review was undertaken between 1990 and 1993 by Meredith Walker and associates in conjunction with Terry Kass and Carol Liston. The review led to the listing of some 1000 items that reflected the various themes of Parramatta’s history;
· Council has been undertaking a further review over the past 18 months with a view to validating the existing listings. Some items may be removed (some due to poor condition or previous demolition) and a few may be added.
· A major part of the study is to advise on whether items of State significance in the planning instruments should be added to the State Heritage Register. An example of interest to the Committee may be Lake Parramatta. Lake Parramatta is identified in the current Parramatta Heritage LEP as being of State significance but is not on the State Heritage Register.
· Presently, there are 3 levels of significance; local, State significance and items on the State Heritage Register. Council had recently been informed by the Department of Planning that LEPs could only provide for 2 classes of significance being local and State Heritage register. The subject is still not clear, however, with the reintroduction of a category called State nominated significance.
· The primary consideration on whether an item should be added to the State Heritage register is whether the item is of significance to the whole state. Proposed listings should be supported by a strong case. It should be noted that Aboriginal Heritage is one of four current themes for listing;
· Suggestions for adding or removal of items will be assessed by Council’s Heritage Advisor. The recommendations will be presented to a Council workshop in the middle of the year which may result in further consultation. A report to Council will then follow recommending exhibition, at which time further representations by interested parties could be made.
Mr Desjardines noted that the Committee strongly supported the listing of Lake Parramatta Reserve on the State Heritage Register on the grounds of culture and community and due to its significance to Aboriginal persons.
Mr Kennedy commented that the significance of the site to the whole state, just not the local area, must be addressed, including the provision of reasons and rationale.
Mr Gale advised that the Committee was significant to the entire state.
Council had subsequently resolved not to make any decision on the issue until
the Plan of Management for
Mr Desjardines noted that Council previously had a representative on the Heritage Advisory Committee but the person had long since resigned.
Maggie added that the Committee could nominate another member if it desired.
Committee noted the significance of
· Importance of site to former residents of Burnside Homes;
· Gathering site for Cumberland Women’s Health Centre;
· Possible input from Sue Pinckham.
added that any representations on the issue could be made through
The Committee thanked Mr Kennedy for his attendance.
6 CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES
A copy of the minutes of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee Meeting held on 22 February 2011 had previously been forwarded to each member.
That the minutes of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee Meeting held on 22 February 2011 10 be taken as a true record of the meeting.
7 BUSINESS ARISING
Kyle referred to Item 8.5 of the previous meeting and advised that Council’s
Natural Resource Officer had sought permission for works in
The Committee raised no objection to the proposed works.
7.2 Cross Cultural Training
Kyle referred to Item 7.4 of the previous meeting and advised that Council’s
new Manager Human Resources,
Ms Kyle will continue to hold discussions with Ms Dickson and report back to future meetings.
Mr Desjardines noted the success of the cross cultural training recently provided by Mr Cliff Daylight for the Attorney General’s Department and provided contact details to Ms Kyle.
7.3 President of the Local Government and Shires Association
Ms Kyle advised that a letter would be forwarded in the near future to Councillor Keith Rhodes congratulating him on his appointment as the President of the Local Government and Shires Association.
7.4 Burramatta Walk Leaflet
Ms Kyle referred to Item 7.6 of the previous meeting and advised that no official launch of the subject leaflet would be held as the leaflet had been provided to the Local Government Aboriginal Network prior to its official release.
7.5 Foundation Acknowledgement
Ms Kyle referred to Item 8.1 of the previous meeting and provided a copy of the full Foundation Acknowledgement as adopted by Council on 18 October 2010.
Mr Russo noted that clause (e) of the resolution required consultation with the community, however, the Advisory Committee nor any member of the Committee had been consulted. He restated that he felt the acknowledgement was an insult to Aboriginals.
Ms Kyle understood that the Lord Mayor’s Office had undertaken consultation with certain organisations.
Ms Stonham commented that this issue was one that may have been avoided with appropriate cross cultural training.
That the Aboriginal and
Kyle referred to Item 8.4 of the previous meeting and advised that the
placement of a suitable plaque at
Ms Kyle referred to Item 8.14 of the previous meeting and advised that discussions had been held with the head librarian on the importance of speaking to the Committee in relation to any issues associated with Aboriginal Resources held by the library.
8. MEETING SCHEDULE
Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month from February through to November except for the April meeting which, due to the scheduled date being a public holiday, will be held on 3 May 2011 (following discussions with Mr Gale).
The dates are: 22 March; 3 May (26 April is a Public Holiday); 24 May, 28 June, 26 July, 23 August, 27 September, 25 October and 22 November 2011.
Venue: All meetings will be in Ground Floor Meeting Room of Council Chambers except for meetings of 3 May and 25 October which will be held in Dan Mahoney, Level 2 Council Chambers.
9. GENERAL BUSINESS
9.1 Former Member - Gil Saunders
Mr Russo sought information on the whereabouts of former member, Gil Saunders. He commented that the Aboriginal content of the Committee must be maintained.
Ms Kyle noted that Mr Saunders had not reapplied for membership to the Committee.
Mr Gale advised that he had invited Mr Saunders to attend a recent meeting. He added that he would again contact Mr Saunders.
9.2 Aboriginal Prisoner held for Decade without being Convicted.
Desjardines tabled an article from the Sydney Morning Herald dated 19 March
2011 which reported on an intellectually disabled Aboriginal man who had been
held in prisons in
Ms Desjardines advised that such an incarceration was a disgrace.
Ms Astill advised of her recent appointment as an Advocate and Case Worker for prisoners by the Indigenous Disability Advocacy Service and commented that such issues were close to her heart as there was limited support in place for prisoners.
(b) The Committee’s concerns in relation to this issue be forwarded to the Indigenous Disability Advocacy Service.
9.3 Support for Prison Inmates
Mr Desjardines noted that the Committee had previously requested that correspondence be forwarded in relation to the intolerable conditions in jails.
Ms Kyle advised that the subject letter had been forwarded some 2 years ago.
Mr Desjardines then referred to the problem of city inmates being placed in regional jails and visa versa. Such action prevented visits to the prisoners and contributed to deaths in custody. He requested that Ms Astill, on visiting regional prisons in her role as an advocate, attempt to ascertain from where prisoners had originated.
Ms Stonham noted the lack of support given to inmates on their release which could contribute to persons reoffending.
Mr Desjardines agreed and referred to a comment made by then Minister for Housing, The Hon. David Borger, indicating that public housing was there to directly support persons being released from prison.
That Committee notes with concern the lack of housing, psychological and financial support/care available for Aboriginals when released from prison.
Stonham was delighted to inform the Committee of a recent invite received by Mr
Desjardines to attend
Ms Stonham added that the teacher involved was particularly interested in incorporating Aboriginal programs into the school’s curriculum.
(a) Council forward correspondence to the Principal of Burnside Public School expressing appreciation at the recent meeting held between 2 members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee and Mrs Date, who had been extremely supportive and enthusiastic in relation to the introduction of Aboriginal projects and culture into the curriculum.
(b) The Principal and Mrs Date be invited to contact the Advisory Committee if any assistance can be provided in the future.
Mr Gale asked whether a member could be present when the interviews for the subject position took place.
Ms Kyle replied that it was not appropriate for any advisory committee member to be present on a selection panel. It was likely the interview would be conducted by 2 or 3 internal officers together with one external Aboriginal person.
The Committee express its concern that
a member of the Committee will not be permitted to participate in the selection
panel for the appointment of the Aboriginal and
9.5 Indigenous Person of the Year
Mr Gale advised that he had nominated former Council employee, Sue Pinckham, for the Indigenous person of the year and was pleased that out of 11,000 nominations, Ms Pinckham had been selected in the final 100.
Mr Gale asked whether the Council could acknowledge this achievement and the importance of Ms Pinckham’s work.
9.6 Assistance for Attendance at Funerals and Carer Cards
Ms Astill noted that many Aboriginal families were unable to attend funerals due to the cost or distance involved.
The Indigenous Disability Advocacy Service has received advice on funding that is now available for such a purpose. The information will be tabled at the next meeting.
Ms Astill added that details are also available on a Companion Card which will assist carers in accessing transport and venues for free.
9.7 Congratulations to Members
The Committee congratulated Ms Astill on her appointment to the Indigenous Disability Advocacy Service as an Aboriginal Advocate and expressed best wishes and support for her future endeavours.
Committee further congratulated Ms McDonald on her commitment to study and
subsequent appointment as a first year teacher at
9.8 Council Website Update
Ms Kyle advised that the Aboriginal content on Council’s website had been updated over the New Year.
The wording used on the site had been taken from documents previously approved by the Committee such as the LGAN bid.
Ms Kyle requested that members view the website and provide comment at the next meeting.
9.9 NAIDOC 2011
Ms Kyle distributed information pertaining to NAIDOC 2011 and advised that the Committee needed to set a date a for a planning meeting to be held to discuss the issue.
Ms Kyle noted that the NAIDOC Budget remained the same as in previous years but drew the Committee’s attention to the proposed replacement of Burramatta Family Fun Day with a Fellowships Program. This proposed change had arisen due to concerns that the Fun Day did not meet the Council’s objectives when holding a major event.
Maggie added that the Acting Manager of Major Events would also attend the meeting.
That a special meeting of the Committee be held on Wednesday 30 March 2011 to discuss NAIDOC 2011.
10 INFORMATION SHARE
Mr Desjardines tabled the following information for the advice of members:-
1. “I Speak My Mind” – David Bitel, President of the Community Justice Coalition will speak on Sunday 3 April 2011 at 7.30pm at the North Shore Temple Emanuel, 28 Chatswood Ave, Chatswood on recommendations to reform the prison system.
2. Sunnyfield Parramatta Day Option Program – inviting attendance at the official launch of ‘carmunity’ on 14 April 2011 from 6pm to 8pm at Clarion Hotel on the Park at 18 - 40 Anderson Street, Parramatta. The used car sculpture explores concepts and ideas around the Sunnyfield Creative Team’s culture, heritage, identity and being Australian.
The meeting terminated at 8.01pm.