Aboriginal Advisory Committee

Warin Tiati

Warin Tiati (Darug for ‘let’s talk’), the Fairfield City Council Aboriginal Advisory Committee, comprises residents, Aboriginal Elders, Fairfield City Councillors and Council’s Community Project Officer – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. The Aboriginal Advisory Committee sought to emphasise its unique identity and purpose with a name in Darug language.

Aims

  • Facilitate positive relations between Council and the local Aboriginal community
  • Support the implementation of Fairfield City Council’s Reconciliation Action Plan and the Statement of Commitment Action Plan
  • Provide an opportunity for information exchange
  • Advise Council on issues related to Aboriginal heritage works to the natural environment and Aboriginal community development
  • Promote mutual awareness and respect for the culture of both the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community
  • Increase Council and public awareness of the needs of the local Aboriginal community
  • Provide Council staff at all levels with Aboriginal cultural awareness.

Membership

Membership of the Warin Tiati Aboriginal Advisory Committee is open to adult residents of Fairfield City, and interested Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders by invitation of the Committee.

  • Members to be aged over 18 years
  • The committee is interested in the contribution of young people
  • Minimum of seven members, with a majority of members being Aboriginal
  • Membership shall include one or more councillors as nominated by Council
  • One Council staff member – Community Project Officer – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

Achievements

  • Plantlines at Bonnyrigg Town Centre Park / Dungabi Badu Wari (Thick Wood Near Water) including Elders Garden and Bush Tucker Trail
  • Dual naming of the above Park – the first dual naming in Fairfield LGA
  • Input into Dyalagala Reconciliation Action Plan 2011-2016
  • The restoration of an original artwork created for NAIDOC 1999 by Aboriginal artist Peta Lonsdale, and showcasing the artwork in the civic wing of Council’s Administration Centre
  • Help organise cultural activities such as NAIDOC celebrations in the local area
  • Ensure adherence to Aboriginal cultural protocols
  • Discuss issues affecting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait community and recommend actions to councils.

Meetings are held every three months at Fairfield City Council Administration Centre, 86 Avoca Road, Wakeley.

Nominations

Nominations for Warin Tiati are currently open. For more information, contact Council’s Community Project Office – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander on 9725 0132. Nominations close Tuesday 28 March 2017.

Click here to fill out a nomination form

A Selection Process will be undertaken to ensure appropriate community representation. Expressions of Interest will be assessed by a panel of (3) people including the Community Project Officer – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.