Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Tweed Shire Council wishes to recognise the generations of the local Aboriginal people of the Bundjalung Nation who have lived in and derived their physical and spiritual needs from the forests, rivers, lakes and streams of this beautiful valley over many thousands of years as the traditional custodians of these lands.

NAIDOC Week 19-24 September 2021

The new date, depending on all things COVID-19, will now run from 19 to 24 September.   The NAIDOC 2021 theme – Heal Country! – calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.

For more information visit the National NAIDOC Week website.

Council is committed to strengthening relationships with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Our vision is to ensure we all live in harmonious communities where people feel safe, welcome, share common goals, trust and respect each other.

Below you can explore the events, committees, policies and strategic documents that Council participates and works within.

Council employs a Community Development Officer – Aboriginal to work with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

To contact our Community Development Team call 02 6670 2400 or email tsc@tweed.nsw.gov.au

Taking action on reconciliation

As an organisation we are committed to protect our cultural heritage and honour the significant contribution of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Council’s Reconciliation Action Plan(PDF, 2MB) is a genuine commitment to encourage and support all staff to make a difference by taking action.

This video introduces a range of programs available to staff and the public, demonstrating that for Council reconciliation is more than a word, reconciliation takes action.

Events

To view a wider range of events across the Tweed, visit What's On Tweed.

NAIDOC Week

After hours book return

Pelican design wrapping around the Tweed Heads Library, in conjunction with the redevelopment of the plaza area at the Tweed Heads Civic and Cultural Centre

NAIDOC Week is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions of Indigenous Australians in various fields.

Activities take place across the nation during NAIDOC Week in the first full week of July. All Australians are encouraged to participate.

For more information visit the National NAIDOC Week website.

Banaam Cultural Intelligence training

Banaam are a local organisation of leaders and innovators in the area of Cultural Intelligence and use applications, based on Indigenous frameworks and cultural principles, to equip and empower individuals, teams and organisations.

We have integrated the delivery of Banaam Cultural Intelligence workshops into our induction program for staff.

Committees

Our Community Development Officer - Aboriginal attends the following groups to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community development across the Tweed.

Aboriginal Advisory Committee

The committee meets on the first Friday of the month.

For more details, head to the Aboriginal Advisory Committee page.

Tweed Goori Interagency

The Tweed Goori Interagency is a networking forum for community service organisations working with our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

These meetings help organisations share advice and support as well offer information on programs and initiatives by their respective organisations.

The networking forum meet every 8 weeks.

Wollumbin Consultative Group

Wollumbin, which includes the Mount Warning mountain complex, has been a sacred place of great significance to the people of Bundjalung and other Aboriginal groups since time immemorial. Wollumbin, along with other significant sites in its surrounds, provides a traditional place of cultural law, initiation and spiritual education.

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (Northern Rivers Region) work with representatives of the local Aboriginal community in the management of Wollumbin National Park and Wollumbin State Conservation Area.

The Wollumbin Consultative Group provides a formal opportunity for representatives of the Aboriginal community to have real and meaningful involvement in management of these reserves.

The Wollumbin Consultative Group makes recommendations to the Regional Manager on management plans for Wollumbin National Park and Wollumbin State Conservation Area. This includes any amendments to the current adopted Plan of Management for Mount Warning National Park.

The group also advises on education and interpretative policies, operational issues including work programs and co-management options.

The Wollumbin Consultative Group is governed by guidelines similar to a Memorandum of Understanding. Members include representatives from:

  • Local Aboriginal Land Councils
  • Bundjalung Elders Council and adjacent Native Title Claimants
  • Family groups with a cultural interest in Wollumbin, Northern Rivers Region National Parks and Wildlife Service 
  • Cultural Heritage Division of Office of Environment and Heritage

Policies and strategies

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Plan

Council has developed an Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Plan (ACHMP)(PDF, 14MB) that involved extensive consultation with local Aboriginal people and the wider community.

For further information visit Aboriginal cultural heritage

Aboriginal Statement of Commitment

The Aboriginal Statement was developed in consultation with the Aboriginal Advisory Committee and was adopted 13 November 2007.

Reconciliation Action Plan

Council has developed a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)(PDF, 2MB) , the first ever developed between Tweed Shire Council and the Aboriginal Advisory Committee to Council.

The plan marks the first stage of commitments from Council to the Aboriginal community to:

  • act in good faith
  • recognise the significance of the Aboriginal communities’ long standing and special place in the Tweed
  • continue the process to redress the wrongs of the past and those still being inflicted on Aboriginal people
  • work with the community to treasure this ancient, long standing culture and Country.

Strategic documents

Council's Community Development Officer – Aboriginal is working closely with the Aboriginal Advisory Committee to develop the following documents for consideration of Council:

  • Issues Paper
  • Aboriginal Employment Strategy