Council set to review Yandaarra

COFFS Harbour City Council is undertaking a review of the Yandaarra Aboriginal Consultative Committee and is seeking comment from members of the local Aboriginal community.

“What we want to find out is the level of people’s understanding of the committee and its aims and structure,” council’s Aboriginal community development officer Rob Waters said.

“We also want people to tell us how they’d like to see it work in the future.”

Council’s original Aboriginal consultative committee was established in 1998 to provide information and guidance to the council on Aboriginal issues and policy development. The committee was also seen as a point of communication between council and the Coffs Harbour Aboriginal community.

The Aboriginal consultative committee officially changed its name to Yandaarra in August 2003, meaning ‘Go as a group’ (source – Muurrbay Aboriginal Language & Culture Co-operative).

Achievements to date include:

> the flying of the Aboriginal flag every day at Council’s Chambers;

> an Aboriginal flag-raising ceremony officially starts NAIDOC week each July;

> the initiation of the NAIDOC and Grace Roberts Community Development Awards;

> the choice of Coffs Harbour as host to the 2007 LGAN conference;

> the establishment of an Aboriginal Community Development Officer position within Council.

Copies of the survey can be obtained from the Galambila Aboriginal Health Service, the Coffs Harbour and District Land Council office, the Aboriginal Housing Office, the Aboriginal Family Wellbeing Centre, the Aboriginal Family Community Care office and from Council’s website at www.coffs

It is hoped that all surveys will be submitted and the results collated by the beginning of July 2010.

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