Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Acknowledgement of Country

Lake Macquarie City Council acknowledges that Aboriginal people, in this area, the Awabakal, were the first people of this land, and are the proud survivors of more than two hundred years of continuing dispossession. Council recognises that European occupation brought massive changes to the land and its people. As a vital step towards building a just and common future, Council recognises the sense of loss and the grief held by all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for the alienation from their traditional land, the loss of their freedom, their lives, their languages, their health and the disruption of their cultural practices. Council respects the rights of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to pursue their own values and culture. We pay respect to knowledge holders and community members of the land and waters and pays respect to Elders past, present and future.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of people who have since passed away.

Statement of Commitment

Council is committed to respecting the rights of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people residing in the City to pursue their own values and culture.

View the Statement of Commitment.

Aboriginal Community Plan

With a high commitment to consultation, the Aboriginal Community Plan 2012-2015 highlights the needs of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community within the City of Lake Macquarie Local Government Area (LGA) and is currently under review.

View the Aboriginal Community Plan to learn the priority issues raised from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members and organisations.

For any further information, contact us on 02 4921 0333.

NAIDOC Week

In the first full week of July, Lake Macquarie City Council joins in celebrating the various annual NAIDOC Week events with the wider community, schools and organisations.

NAIDOC originally stood for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. The committee was responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and this acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

Today, NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia and recognise the unique history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The week is a great opportunity for Lake Macquarie residents to participate in a range of activities and to support Lake Macquarie’s local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

NAIDOC Week 2018

NAIDOC Week 2018 will celebrate the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made and continue to make to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation.

Under the theme - Because of her, we can! - NAIDOC Week 2018 will be held nationally from Sunday 8 July and continue through to Sunday 15 July.

All are welcome to attend NAIDOC Week events and Council will be holding their annual flag raising ceremony and morning tea on Wednesday 11 July commencing at 9am.

Annual events

Significant dates and events

Acknowledgement of and Welcome to Country

Read the Acknowledgement and Welcome to Country

Sacred sites

Learn about local Aboriginal sacred sites in Lake Macquarie

Page last updated: 15 June 2018