Connecting to Aboriginal Groups – External Working Group

Our partnership with the Aboriginal community is critical to outcomes of the Karreenga Aboriginal Action Plan.

At the City of Greater Geelong, we strive to work and build positive relationships directly with Aboriginal people throughout the municipality. We formed the Geelong Karreenga Aboriginal Action Plan Working Group to bring the Aboriginal communities together for the betterment of the plan and to provide a voice for Aboriginal people in Geelong.

The group members comprise from Council including Cr Eddy Kontelj (Portfolio Holder – Aboriginal Affairs) as Chair, Tracey Currie (CEO – Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative), Narana Creations, Geelong One Fire Reconciliation Group and Council officers including Jenny McMahon, Paul Jamieson, Jane Wager and Kevin Krastins.

Acknowledgment is also made to the former members who have made a contribution to the committee including Cr Bruce Harwood – Portfolio Holder Aboriginal Affairs, Lyn McInnes and Trevor Edwards (Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative), Norm Stanley – Narana Creations and John Burke Geelong One Fire Reconciliation group.

The group provided expert advice in relation to the preparation of the Karreenga Aboriginal Action Plan.

The Terms of Reference outlines the relationship of the Working Group to Council.

The group’s objective is to:

  • Provide expert advice in regards to the Aboriginal Action Plan development and process.
  • Inform and encourage all sectors of the Aboriginal community to play an active part in developing the Aboriginal Action Plan.

  • Assist in developing partnerships within the Aboriginal communities based on mutual contribution.

  • Provide expert advice in relation to Aboriginal culture and expression of language relevant to this area. Advise on Aboriginal cultural practices, expectations, sensitivities, protocols and appropriate terminology.

  • Provide expert advice that recognises and respects Aboriginal culture and history.

  • Actively promote the development of the Aboriginal Action Plan process within their respective community groups.

  • Advise the committee on key Aboriginal priorities into the Aboriginal Action Plan • Recognise the importance of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people working together.

  • Monitor the progress and achievements in the action plan.

Page last updated: Thursday, 17 March 2016