Newcastle Council supports the right of Indigenous peoples

Newcastle Council supports the right of Indigenous peoples to live according to their own values and cultures. Newcastle Council recognises the vital importance of their contribution to strengthening and enriching our city and region. Newcastle Council, in consultation with local Gooris commits itself to: respect and conserve their cultural practices, traditional sites and significant places; promote activities that increase cultural sensitivity and awareness of Indigenous peoples; develop an agreement between local Indigenous communities and other community members for the care of the local environment; work towards the recovery of their languages, health, cultural practices and lost kinship. Newcastle Council will look towards Indigenous cultures for practical knowledge which can help secure a sustainable future for our community. Newcastle Council, in negotiation with Indigenous peoples, also commits itself to further reconciliation between Indigenous and other communities by working for a treaty and/or other agreements of reconciliation.