City of Bayswater moves towards more participation with Aboriginal advisory committee

City of Bayswater moves towards more participation with Aboriginal advisory committee

THE City of Bayswater is set to better consult with its Aboriginal residents after council approved the in-principle establishment of an Aboriginal advisory committee.

The committee aims to provide a forum to identify local priorities, include representatives from the local Aboriginal community give Aboriginal people the opportunity to be consulted about council plans.

Councillor Dan Bull said the plan would work on building respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the wider community.

He said the council already has an Aboriginal flag, welcome to country ceremonies and takes part in Naidoc Week and that it was time to “take the next step”.

Councillor Brent Fleeton said he supported the committee in principle but did not have enough information.

In 2011, 798 or 1.3 per cent of the city’s population was identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.