MAYOR'S MESSAGE - The Meeting of Two Cultures

Published On 29 April 2020 at 02:30 PM

Today we commemorate 250 years since first contact between the Gweagal clan and the crew of the Endeavour on the southern shores of Kamay Botany Bay, Kurnell in 1770. For over three decades Council has marked this day with a commemoration ceremony, which over time has evolved into our annual ‘The Meeting of Two Cultures’ event acknowledging this significant moment in our nation’s shared history. It was a difficult decision to cancel this year’s event, however the health and wellbeing of our entire community is our priority in these challenging times, as we continue to respond to the advice of public health authorities and adapt to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. We are proud of the strong relationships built through working alongside La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council in the lead up to this day, and I know the connections between Council and the Gweagal, Dharawal and La Perouse Aboriginal communities will only continue to grow stronger into the future. Whilst we cannot come together today, this occasion still provides an important opportunity to pause and reflect on all perspectives of our shared history and Council is committed to continuing a range of programs, services and initiatives that acknowledge and celebrate our local history. While a number of other planned community events can no longer go ahead, I’d like to highlight that we just announced the winners in a new special category in the 2020 Literary Competition ‘Looking Back, Moving Forward’, and we have also launched a new webpage dedicated to providing you information about the history of the Meeting of Two Cultures, with some interesting links to other local history material from a range of sources. To find out more visit, sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au/MeetingOfTwoCultures

Carmelo Pesce - Sutherland Shire Mayor

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