Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Futures.
Along with the Central Coast Council I acknowledge and pay my respects to the Traditional Owners and custodians of country throughout Australia.
We honour and respect the diverse cultural heritage, customs and beliefs of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The Central Coast Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are a wide-ranging group who come from many communities and language groups from all over Australia. Thus cultural views are diverse. Many Aboriginal people on the Central Coast identify as being Darkinjung or Guringai. I acknowledge the land claims of the Darkinjung and
Guringai people and note the application by Guringai to the National Native Titles Tribunal for recognition of their native title in areas of the Central Coast Council.
I acknowledge some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the local government area belong to Stolen Generations or have been affected by child removal policies. Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples Australia-wide, including those in the Central Coast LGA, have been affected to varying degrees by assimilationist policies or ongoing discrimination which negatively impacts people’s social and emotional wellbeing and access to culture.
I also acknowledge the impacts of intergenerational trauma as well as the inherent strength and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in contemporary Australia.
Of crucial importance, I acknowledge the necessity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to have access to the power and resources necessary for a self-determined future.
I will support the Council in moves to encourage and support a progressive move towards equitable outcomes between Central Coast Aboriginal people and the wider community and, in concert with Council I will encourage and support opportunities which enable Central Coast Aboriginal people to move towards financial independence.
4.1 Local Community Governance
4.1.1 I will consult regularly and frequently with both the Darkinjung Land Corporation and the Guringai Tribal Link Aboriginal Corporation as well as other aboriginal individuals, groups and businesses.
4.2 Central Coast Council
4.2.1 As the Independent Member for Robertson I will maintain a determined process of consultation and negotiation with individual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people and, specifically, the Guringai and Darkinjung.
4.2.2 I will persistently advocate that Council should establish a permanent standing committee to advise and recommend actions for Council.
4.3 NSW Government
4.3.1 As Federal Member for Robertson I will seek NSW Government funds to assist with programs, which enable partnering in opportunities to achieve a progressive future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
4.4 Federal Government
As the Independent Member for Robertson I support the objectives of the 2017 Statement from Uluru, including the call for a negotiated Treaty, Constitutional recognition, and dedicated indigenous seats in the Commonwealth Parliament of Australia.
This policy has been adapteded from the Community Plan Central Coast, Aboriginal policy section 4.