MAYOR'S MESSAGE - National Reconciliation Week

Published On 04 June 2020 at 12:00 PM

Today is the final day of National Reconciliation Week, where we acknowledge our history and continue a journey of growth together reflecting on how each of us contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. As we commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey – the 1967 Referendum acknowledging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the High Court Mabo decision, I acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land of Sutherland Shire, the Dharawal speaking people, and pay respect to Elders past, present, and emerging. Sutherland Shire Council is passionate about strengthening our community through celebrating and acknowledging our rich local history and building respectful relationships with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. In 2003 Sutherland Shire Council, in collaboration with the Aboriginal Advisory Committee and La Perouse Land Council representatives, wrote, endorsed and exchanged a Reconciliation Statement with the traditional land owners. Council now has a vision to develop a Reconciliation Acton Plan in partnership with our Aboriginal Advisory Committee. We also host a number of events and initiatives each year, including our Meeting of Two Cultures and NAIDOC Week events, that continue to build on our commitment to strengthening community relationships as we work towards a better future for our community and all Australians. For more information about our local history or past events, visit

Carmelo Pesce - Sutherland Shire Mayor

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