Narrabri has recently been announced as the next location to host the Local Government Network Aboriginal Conference in 2018.
This conference will attract around 200 delegates to Narrabri Shire in September 2018 where the local region and Indigenous culture will be showcased.
“This will be a great honour to host such an important conference in 2018, especially in its 30th year,” said Venue Manager, Trent Bruinsma. “We have already started working with the local indigenous community to set up a Local Program Committee who will help to develop an authentic and interesting program for conference delegates.”
“As well as gathering local support, staff have been working to secure nationally recognised key note speakers to inspire and create a conversation amongst delegates.”
The NSW Local Government Network Aboriginal Conference provides information exchange and acts as a forum for discussion on Local Government issues relating to Aboriginal communities, business and the wider community whilst celebrating Aboriginal culture, heritage, art and music.
“Having recently returned from the conference in Albury, it can be seen that this is an important opportunity to share ideas and motivate change within the Local Government community,” explained Mayor Cathy Redding.
“At the conference we were handed the message stick by the Albury hosts. This message stick is to give the host Council connection with the conference and is added to the journey and story of the Local Government Aboriginal Network. This message stick will be displayed in the Council Chambers until the conference next year, to show Council’s commitment to the local Aboriginal community.”
“Hosting this conference is a great way for us to showcase our local community, with visits to local tourist attractions high on the agenda for the program.”
“Many of the delegates in Albury expressed their excitement about visiting Narrabri Shire to see our attractions and also visit friends and relatives from the local area.”
Council sees the hosting of this important conference as a way to further strengthen our ties with the local indigenous community.
“In 2015, Council adopted a Reconciliation Action Plan to create meaningful relationships, enhance respect and promote sustainable opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This conference will further increase opportunities and the visibility of the local indigenous population and provides not only delegates, but the entire community an opportunity to gain a better understanding of our local indigenous culture,” said Mayor Redding.