At an ordinary meeting of Council on Monday 28 August 2017, Council considered the following urgent business item:
Council is not changing its Australia Day program and will continue to recognise this national celebration in a respectful and inclusive manner, reflecting both our Indigenous heritage and multicultural society.
A key highlight of our Citizenship Ceremonies, one of which is held on Australia Day, is involving Wurundjeri Elders who provide a Welcome to Country and tell the story of their people.
In 2009, Banyule Council adopted the Banyule Statement of Commitment to Indigenous Australians and continues to celebrate many Indigenous events, such as Sorry Day, National Reconciliation and NAIDOC Weeks. Council also works closely with the Indigenous community on a range of projects, including art exhibitions and developing a spiritual walk, and supports Barrbunin Beek, a dedicated gathering place for the Indigenous community.
Council will continue to work with its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Advisory Committee to make sure Indigenous views are appropriately represented at Council and to all levels of government on a range of issues. If and when the Federal Government discusses the future of Australia Day, Council is more than happy to participate and assist all members of the Banyule community to contribute their views.
Council resolved that it:
- Continues its respectful and inclusive program of Australia Day activities which celebrate our Indigenous heritage and multi-cultural society.
- Advises the community it is maintaining its Australia Day program through appropriate advertising in the next Leader newspaper editions.
- Writes to the Hon. Peter Dutton MP, Minister for immigration and Border Protection, the Hon. Alex Hawke MP Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, and the Hon. Jenny Macklin MP Member for Jagajaga advising them of Council’s resolution.