Response from BCC Oct 17. 2012 | Comments (7)
Thank you for your e mail. Blacktown Council, at its 3/10/12 Meeting, resolved to review its Indigenous Protocols. This has been referred to Council's Aboriginal Advisory Sub Committee to oversee a community consultation regarding this matter. There will be widespread opportunities to comment/participate.
Pending this review Council officers will continue to acknowledge the traditional owners as part of its Acknowledgement of Land and local Elders will continue to do Welcome to Country at Council Civic Events. This was part of Council's resolution - but was not reported in the local media.
The Mayor and General Manager are meeting with members of the Darug Tribal Association to discuss these matters later today.
I will ensure that your petition is reported to Council with the draft new Protocol document that is developed - so that Councillors are aware of the community concerns.
Thank you for taking the time to write and organise the petition.
Manager Community Development
Blacktown City Council