Mayor's Message | Input sought on draft Aboriginal Community Plan

Smoking ceremony held at Lake Mac.
Smoking ceremony held at Lake Mac.

The draft Aboriginal Community Plan 2019-2023 - Bayikulinan is on public exhibition.

I encourage you to have your say at shape.lakemac.com.au/aboriginal-community-plan

About 4.1 per cent of our population identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and I am very passionate about helping improve Aboriginal people's livelihood and wellbeing.

This plan goes some way in assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people gain better access to services and facilities across the City. It also aims to build knowledge and understanding of, and respect for, Aboriginal culture and heritage, which is so important to addressing the issues still facing Aboriginal people today in our community.

Council has worked extensively with the community to develop the plan, which outlines six key focus areas and more than 50 actions highlighting the successes and challenges of Aboriginal people living and working in Lake Macquarie. Some of these actions include, continuing to fund cultural programs such as NAIDOC Week, assisting in developing an Aboriginal Cultural Centre, and advocating for ways to revive Aboriginal language and cultural practices.

The draft plan will be on exhibition until Tuesday, April 30, and is available at all Lake Mac Libraries and at council's administration building at Speers Point.

Youth Week events

Wednesday this week marks the start of Youth Week, which is a celebration of young people and their contribution to our community. This year council is funding seven events around Lake Mac, including a skate, scooter and bike competition at The Chip Bowl, a youth festival at Cameron Park, and a Youth Raw Challenge at Doyalson.

Young people play such a key role in our community. They are the future leaders of our city, so let's celebrate them and support the organisations in Lake Macquarie who provide our kids and young adults the opportunity to express themselves. Details of Youth Week events: lakemac.com.au/community/young-people/youth-week

This weekend is also the start of the school holidays and as always, there is a range of things happening across the city to keep your little ones busy. Lake Mac Libraries and Swim Centres are a great place to start with a number of free and low cost activities planned in the lead up to Easter.

Visit: lakemac.com.au/holiday-guide