Brimbank Council acknowledges that Australians have exercised their rights and voted No in this weekend’s referendum to recognise the First Peoples of Australia through the establishment of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament.
“None of us know right now what the nation can expect this side of the referendum,” says Brimbank Mayor Cr Bruce Lancashire. “In Brimbank we will continue to support our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community work towards Reconciliation.”
“We are currently developing our third Reconciliation Action Plan, and will continue to work with the Brimbank Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Consultative Committee (BATSICC) who are an advisory committee to our Council.”
Despite the result, Council remains optimistic and committed to embracing the future with our support for Reconciliation.
We are a diverse municipality, and the rich history and culture of Australia’s First Nations people is woven throughout Brimbank.
“We remain committed to ensuring the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are recognised and supported throughout the City of Brimbank,” continues Mayor Cr Lacashire.
“Recent examples of our work with First Nations communities include the opening of Cooinda, Brimbank’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Centre. Council will also be considering the renaming of Sydenham Park at our Council Meeting this week on 17 October.”
Council acknowledges we are on a journey of listening and learning and we continue to work actively in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents and the Traditional Owners of the land on which we live and work.