MINUTES OF THE ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING HELD IN GROUND FLOOR MEETING ROOMS 1 AND 2, COUNCIL CHAMBER BUILDING, CIVIC PLACE, PARRAMATTA ON TUESDAY, 22 MAY 2012 AT 6:05PM
John Robertson in the Chair, Donna-Lee Astill, Phil Bradley (arrived 6.16 pm), Auntie Kerrie Kenton, Shalini Kumari (retired 7.00 pm), Gai Marheine (retired 7.27 pm), Annie Nielsen (arrived 6.16 pm), Christine Nobilia (retired 7.27 pm), Phil Russo and Uncle Gordon Workman.
Simon Cook, Grant Davies (Minute Clerk),
1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF TRADITIONAL OWNERS THE DARUG 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
The Chairperson requested that each attendee provide a brief introduction of themselves to the Committee.
An apology was received and accepted for the absence of Bruce Astill, Michelle Desailley (Arts & Cultural Project Officer), Bruce Gale, Maggie Kyle (Community Capacity Building Officer), Lyn Leerson and Jay Palmer,
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 24 April 2012 had previously been forwarded to each member.
RECOMMENDATION (Russo /Workman)
That the minutes of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee Meeting held on 24 April 2012 be taken as a true record of the meeting subject to “Uncle Doug” being changed to read “Uncle Gordon” on page 3 of the minutes.
There was also discussion over the appropriate spelling of “Darug” and “Dharug”.
6 BUSINESS ARISING
There was no Business Arising at this meeting.
7 GUEST SPEAKER – MICHELLE DESAILLEY – ARTS AND CULTURAL PROJECT OFFICER – ABORIGINAL PROJECTS
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Ms Desailley had submitted an apology for this meeting.
Mr Steven Ross provided a brief update on
this issue during his report on
8 BURRAMATTA FAMILY FUN DAY PLANNING – LUKE PEARSON AND GEORGE MANNIX
The Committee welcomed Mr Luke Pearson to the meeting. Mr Pearson had been appointed by Council as the consultant to assist in the programming for NAIDOC.
Mr Pearson provided an overview of the Draft NAIDOC Programme for comment by the Committee. The overview included advice on:-
· The draft Stage Programme including advice on proposed performers.
There was discussion over the appropriateness of Uncle Greg undertaking the Welcome to Country as it was considered the Welcome should be carried out by a representative of the traditional owners, the Darug.
It was requested that a list of appropriate persons qualified to carry out the Welcome be provided.
That the matter of performing the Welcome to Country at NAIDOC be referred to the Executive for consideration in consultation with the Committee’s Darug representatives.
Phil Bradley and Annie Nielsen arrived at the meeting at 6.16pm.
· Mobile Stage
· Draft Workshop Programme
The possible utilisation of local dancers, Koori Connection, Aboriginal Choir and Chris Burke was raised. Mr Pearson was happy to take direction on this issue and to receive contact details on these performers.
It was requested that
· Koori Radio Van to be available.
· UWS Indigenous Students Collective
· Site Map
The possibility of utilising Old Kings Oval was discussed, however, it was noted that Prince Alfred Park had been selected for engagement and visibility reasons.
It was requested that a cleansing ceremony be held just prior to the event. An authorised persons list is to be provided and cost/procurement issues are then to be investigated.
The need to carry out a Working with Children Check for persons involved in the day was discussed and it was noted that a Child Safety Plan would be put in place within the broader event safety plan.
Mr Mannix proceeded to provide advice on the proposed catering arrangements. A caterer had not been located as yet, however, it was anticipated that there would be bush tucker displays and workshops together with free tasting of such foods as emu and crocodile. Other foods will be available for purchase.
An Elders tent will be available.
It was requested that Aboriginal persons that could not afford to pay for food be given dispensation.
Shalini Kumari retired from the meeting at 7.00pm.
Mr Mannix further outlined the Marketing Plan which would include:-
· Media release
· Possible photo shoot with Lord Mayor and use of Lord Mayor’s Column
· Use of PCC Website and Discover Parramatta Website
· Use of Social Media
· Use of internal intranets and plasma screens
· Distribution of flyers (Members pls advise Mr Mannix of numbers required to their appropriate networks)
· Placement of A3 posters in relevant locations including libraries, child care centres, community centres.
· Newspaper advertisements
· Use of Koori Radio
· Erection of vinyl banners including at Prince Alfred Park and James Ruse Drive for northbound and southbound motorists
· Burrmatagal Walk will have to be self guided. Brochures to be made available on the day. Possibility of proposal being developed in future years.
· Show Bags are still being investigated by Mr Pearson
· Use of slide not being pursued due to cost involved in and site access difficulties. Other free rides being investigated.
· Indigenous Games being pursued with Department of Sport and Recreation.
That Mr Luke Pearson be thanked for his attendance and presentation and he be applauded for the works undertaken to date.
Lauren Hiller, George Mannix, Gai Marheine, Christine Nobilia and Luke Pearson all retired from the meeting at 7.27pm following consideration of this matter.
9 UPDATE ABORIGINAL CAPACITY BUILDING – REPORT FROM STEVEN ROSS
Ms Desailley had previously apologised for her non attendance but had provided Mr Ross with the following information:-
“The Heritage Centre has been working with an external Consultant Lookear to develop initial concepts for redeveloping the core exhibition space. The final draft is yet to be formalised and the Centre is looking to work with the Aboriginal community to identify opportunities for further involvement in developing the concepts and other activities. The centre is working with Steven Ross to identify appropriate methods of engaging with the community to ensure the centre presents an indigenous voice in its exhibitions and activities. Further updates will be provided as these discussions progress”
Mr Ross further provided details on the following issues:-
1. Reconciliation Action Plan – the development of the RAP has been approved by the Executive Team and is now in development. A Project Management Plan is being drafted this week including options for consultation, which will include the AAC. The RAP should be finished by April 2013 and implemented in 2013/2014 Financial Year.
2. ATSI Employment Strategy – the ATSI Employment Strategy is being developed as part of the RAP and will be implemented in 2013/2014 Financial Year.
3. Cultural Protocols – The Council’s Cultural Protocols document is also being developed as part of the RAP process but should be ready and implemented prior to the April 2013 timeframe.
4. Darug Reference Panel – Draft Terms of Reference have been developed and will be circulated at the next AAC.
5. NAIDOC – exhibition at Quirkability for four weeks with the launch during NAIDOC on Thursday 5 July 2012. It is a Darug Fashion exhibition with designs from Darug artist Kerrie Kenton and works inspired by Leanne Tobin’s award winning piece “Defending Country”
6. Flower Workshop – 4 June 2012.
Mr Ross also sought feedback on a
proposed training and mentoring project for Indigenous interns submitted by the
10 GENERAL BUSIINESS
10.1 Welcome to Country
The Committee discussed the practice carried out by Council at certain events of acknowledging colonial persons and immigrants immediately following the Acknowledgement to Traditional Owners.
Committee seek a meeting between Members of the Executive Committee and the Lord
Mayor to discuss the issue of the Acknowledgement to
10.2 Best Wishes to Lyn Leerson
That a card be forwarded to Ms Leerson expressing the Committee’s best wishes, following Ms Leerson’s recent operation.
10.3 Seminar for Community and Union Members
Mr Bradley advised that a seminar to
“Stop Government Income Management” will be held in
10.4 Belonging: Aboriginal Connections and Reconciliation
Mr Bradley advised that the Western
Sydney Regional Reconciliation Network will be holding the subject event at the
10.5 Next Meeting
The next meeting of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee will be held on Tuesday, 25 June 2012.
The meeting terminated at 8.20 pm.