LGNSW has a longstanding interest in Aboriginal Affairs and supports initiatives that bring about reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and the wider community.
LGNSW respects and acknowledges the unique culture, societies, history and traditional lands of Aboriginal Australians in NSW. Aboriginal Australians retain distinct cultural identities whether they live in urban, regional or remote areas of Australia.
- Encourages councils to understand and respond to their local Aboriginal communities in NSW
- Encourages governments to respond with infrastructure, facilitates and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, and appropriate funding for Aboriginal programs
- Works to improve legislation relating to Aboriginal issues
- Works to improve relations between councils and Local Aboriginal Land Councils.
Australian Constitution - Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
LGNSW will continue to support the Australian Constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, and encourages all NSW councils to adopt their own position in support.
LGNSW has developed a brief Position Paper (PDF, 168KB).
MoU with NSW Reconciliation Council
At the 2016 LGNSW Conference, a MoU (PDF, 1.4MB) was signed which outlines the shared vision of the two organisations.
Asbestos training and scholarships
- Attend free asbestos awareness training
- Apply for scholarship funding to attend asbestos-related training or a conference of their choice, for example the 3rd International Conference on Asbestos Awareness and Management, 13-15 November 2016 in Adelaide.
NSW Aboriginal Local Government Network Conference
This conference enables Aboriginal council workers (both indoor and outdoor) to come together and share best practice programs and initiatives.
The Aboriginal Local Government Network conference has 6 award categories:
- Young achiever award
- Cr Pat Dixon life time achievement award
- Aboriginal employee of the year award
- Non-Aboriginal council employee award
- Council of year award
- Aboriginal outdoor staff award
Tweed Shire Council is the host council for the 2016 NSW Aboriginal Local Government Network conference 24-26 August.
Each year a host council puts a bid in to host the next annual conference. Next year's host council is Albury City Council.
- 26 January - Australia Day/Day of Mourning/Survival Day
- 26 May - National Sorry Day - Journey of Healing
- 27 May to 3 June - National Reconciliation Week
- 3 to 10 July - National Aboriginal Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week
- 4 August - National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day