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Aboriginal community encouraged to give Our Place feedback

Aboriginal community encouraged to give Our Place feedback

Swan Hill Rural City Council is asking the Aboriginal community to provide their feedback regarding Our Place.

Council’s Aboriginal Liaison Officer Vicki Clark said it was crucial the Aboriginal community had ongoing involvement regarding the project.

“It is critical that members of the Aboriginal community are encouraged to have a say on which site option they prefer and start to shape what Our business will be in Our Place.

“This opportunity has been a long time coming for the Aboriginal community to be able tell our historical story, to share our culture, to teach the lores of co-existing with the land, flora, fauna and waterways,” Mrs Clark said.

“It is a real opportunity for 100 generations of rich spirituality to be shared, so I see this as a real moment of healing and a better future for all the generations to come.”

Mrs Clark added that consultation with the Aboriginal Community had been further increased with the employment of two Aboriginal community support workers Bayden Clayton and Cianna Bruton.

“Bayden and Cianna are doing a great job knocking on doors explaining what this business survey is about to Elders, family members and community,” Mrs Clark said.

Council has been contacting Aboriginal community members to address questions or concerns regarding the Our Place project, including the business case for the project’s Aboriginal Interpretive component. In addition to the business case, Council continues to work with Aboriginal community members regarding the naming of Our Place.

Visits by the Aboriginal community to the potential Our Place sites will take place this week. An information pack has also gone out to members of the Aboriginal community which includes options as to how members can continue to provide their feedback regarding Our Place.

Information regarding the Our Place project is available online here.