Item 10.6 - Attachment 1
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee Minutes 22 November 2011
MINUTES OF THE ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING HELD IN GROUND FLOOR MEETING ROOM 3, COUNCIL CHAMBER BUILDING, CIVIC PLACE, PARRAMATTA ON TUESDAY, 22 NOVEMBER 2011 AT 6:14PM
John Robertson in the Chair, Bruce Astill, Donna-Lee Astill, Councillor Paul Barber (retired 7.02pm), Phillip Bradley, Doug Desjardines, Marcia Donovan, Lyn Leerson, Annie Nielsen and Gilson Saunders.
Chris Brown (retired 6.40pm), Belinda Cain (retired
6.40pm), Jillian Comber (Comber Consultants Pty Ltd – arrived 6.33pm and
1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF TRADITIONAL OWNERS THE DHARUG PEOPLE
John Robertson made an Acknowledgement to the Traditional Owners, recognising that the land upon which the meeting was being held is Burramattagal and paid respect to Elders past and present.
2 WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS
Mr Robertson welcomed all to the meeting and invited Chris Brown and Belinda Cain to introduce themselves to members.
An apology was received and accepted for the absence of Bruce Gale, Shalini Kumari, Linda McDonald, Jay Palmer, Phil Russo, Anne Stonham and Douglas Williams.
4 CONFLICT OF INTERESTS
There were no conflicts of interest at this meeting.
5 CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES
A copy of the minutes of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee Meeting held on 25 October 2011 had previously been forwarded to each member.
RECOMMENDATION (Donna-Lee Astill/Bradley)
That the minutes of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee Meeting held on 25 October 2011 be taken as a true record of the meeting.
6 NEW AGENDA ITEM
Attendance by former employee of Council
A former Council employee was in attendance at tonight’s meeting at the invitation of Mr Doug Desjardines. He had been invited by Mr Desjardines to provide details of his experiences during his employment with Council and the circumstances of his being medically retired from Council.
The former employee explained that he believed that his medical retirement was affecting his life and would affect his family financially. Accordingly, he sought a letter of support and perhaps some direction from the Committee.
Councillor Barber expressed concern for the former employee but noted that the minutes of this meeting would be considered by Council/Councillors who had no control over staff issues other than those relating to the CEO.
Committee members suggested that the former employee approach a head office union delegate rather than a local delegate in the first instance.
That the Committee expresses its disappointment at the treatment of a long standing Aboriginal employee of Parramatta City Council and requests a comment from Council Staff on the possible rehabilitation of this worker.
1. Ms Jillian Comber (6.33pm) and Ms Michelle Desailly (6.39pm) arrived at the meeting during consideration of this matter.
2. Chris Brown and Belinda Cain retired from the meeting at 6.40pm following consideration of this matter.
7 GUEST SPEAKERS
7.1 Interpretation Project – Governor Phillip’s Campsite
Ms Desailly outlined a proposal from the Heritage Advisory
Committee requesting interpretation and associated story telling of Governor
Phillip’s Campsite at the head of
The Heritage Advisory Committee had visited the site and had subsequently requested that stories of the site be shared from a natural environment, heritage and Aboriginal Culture perspective.
In particular, the Committee had requested that a dialogue be commenced with the Aboriginal Community to see whether the proposed action was appropriate and if so, to seek guidance on stories that could be shared from an Aboriginal perspective.
During discussions, it was noted that:-
· The Darug were keen to expand stories on how the Darug helped settlers.
· Graham Davis King is a story teller and may be able to assist.
· Jacinta Tobin is working on a project to tell the story of Darug people in the area.
· Many traditional stories exist for the site.
· The production of a leaflet on the area similar to existing leaflets available from the Heritage Centre could be considered.
(a) That a walk of the proposed site be organised for members and other interested persons on or around 10 December 2011.
(b) Further, that following the walk, storyline information be collated and forwarded to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee for consideration, such consideration to include the best way to communicate the information.
Councillor Paul Barber (7.02pm) and Michelle Desailly (7.03pm) retired from the meeting following consideration of this matter.
7.2 Jillian Comber (Comber Consultants Pty
Ltd) – Updates on Archaeological Works in
Ms Comber advised that Endeavour Energy was undertaking
extensive works in
In particular, Endeavour Energy is seeking to place
underground cables in various streets in
Where cables infringe on the Parramatta Sand Terrace, archaeological works must be undertaken. This will pose some logistical problems relating to traffic and Endeavour Energy must address this issue.
The dig for
Ms Comber added that discussions are also being held with the Department of Environment and Heritage to consider ways of carrying out salvage archaeological testing rather than just monitoring. A permit is required for these works.
The Committee noted that an archaeological dig in the vicinity of the Governor Phillip’s Campsite would be exciting but would be subject to the provision of appropriate funding.
(a) That the Committee gives in principle agreement to carry out archaeological salvage excavation rather than monitoring in Macquarie, George and Harris Streets, Parramatta and to the application for an appropriate permit.
(b) That members be invited to visit future digs.
(c) Further, that Ms Comber be invited to
attend the February Meeting of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Advisory Committee to provide an update on archaeological digs being carried
Ms Jillian Comber retired from the meeting at 7.34pm following consideration of this matter.
8 BUSINESS ARISING
8.1 2nd Annual Zest Awards
Ms Kyle referred to Item 9.8 of the previous meeting and advised that the subject awards were aimed at works/efforts over the past 12 months.
As the bulk of the works undertaken at
8.2 Update on Aboriginal And
Ms Kyle referred to Item 9.6 of the previous meeting and advised that applications for the subject position had closed yesterday. A strong number of applications had been received and it would be likely that interviews would commence next week.
9 GENERAL BUSINESS AND INFORMATION SHARE
9.1 “Our Generation’
Mr Bradley advised that Reconciliation for Western Sydney
had decided at its recent meeting to have a screening of the moving film “Our
Generation” regarding the intervention in the
Ms Kyle advised that arrangements would be made for a Council Meeting Room to be available for the screening.
9.2 Reconciliation Action Plan - ICE
Ms Leerson advised that ICE would be holding a meeting tomorrow from 2.30pm to 6.00pm to discuss the organisation’s reconciliation action planning.
ICE had requested that an invitation be extended to Committee Members to attend the meeting.
Ms Leerson commented that it was time for this Committee to broaden its outlook by working with such organisations as ICE and the Western Sydney Community Forum to ensure the Committee had access to expertise on all Aboriginal issues.
Ms Astill added her appreciation to ICE and the Koori
Interagency for a successful program undertaken with Koori children at
9.3 Appointments at
Mr Desjardines noted that the
That Ms Kyle contact David Williams and seek further information in relation to the recent appointments to Aboriginal positions at the University of Western Sydney.
9.4 Parramatta Jail
Mr Desjardines requested that information be provided to the Committee on the closing date for Parramatta Jail.
9.5 Parramatta Heritage Centre Core Interpretation Space
Ms Nielsen noted that the Committee had previously received a presentation on the subject matter and asked for an update on the issue.
Ms Kyle advised that 2 meetings had subsequently been held (invitations had been submitted to Committee Members) and Mr Graham Davis King had been in attendance.
Possible storylines had been discussed with Aiden Rowan also providing excellent information.
Further advice is currently being awaited on the next steps from the Manager of the Heritage Centre.
9.6 Aboriginal Confirmation
Ms Astill advised that the Parramatta Land Council will no longer carry out Aboriginal confirmations. Documents will be provided by Aboriginal Legal Aid; however, such documents will not be accepted by the Department of Housing.
Mr Saunders advised that appropriate documentation can be obtained from the Department of Housing.
9.7 Christmas Party
It was agreed that the Committee hold a Christmas get together at the Parramatta RSL on Friday 16 December 2011 at 7.00pm.
9.8 Colebee Development to go Ahead
Mr Bradley advised that land at Richmond Road given to Darug Elders Colebee and Nurrangingy by Governor Macquarie in 1819 would be considered next month for listing on the State Heritage Register.
The Minister for Environment and Heritage had indicated that the proposed listing would not stop plans for 36 new homes on the site.
It is possible the site may contain Aboriginal remains which may bring a halt to the development.
9.9 Hiring of Apprentices by Coates Hire
Mr Astill advised that Coates Hire would be hiring 45 apprentices this year and requested that this information be communicated through Members’ networks to young Aboriginal persons.
Interested persons should contact the Coates Hire Head Office at Moorebank.
9.10 “Growing Change – A Journey Inside
Ms Leerson invited members to a screening of the above film at the
The meeting terminated at 8.15pm.