Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Armidale Regional Council prides itself on its strong, positive relationship with the local Aboriginal Community. 

Council's Gayinyaga Aboriginal Community Consultative Committee is the key forum by which Aboriginal Community members can liaise directly with Armidale Regional Council.

The Gayinyaga Committee has a long history with Council and is one of the longest standing Aboriginal Advisory Committees to Council in New South Wales.  Meetings of the Gayinyaga Aboriginal Community Consultative Committee are held on the second Wednesday of the month, from 12pm in the Function Room, upstairs in the Civic Administration Building of Armidale Regional Council.

Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer Lisa Waters facilitates Council's Aboriginal Action Plan 2015-2019 (PDF 821.8KB), as well as coordinating the local Aboriginal Interagency meetings, annual NAIDOC Week activities and other Aboriginal community events.  Lisa can be contacted on (02) 6770 3936 or emailed at lwaters@armidale.nsw.gov.au

As part of the Aboriginal Action Plan a feasibility study was undertaken in 2013 to research the possibility of an Aboriginal Monument being created in Armidale. The Armidale Aboriginal Monument Feasibility Study  (PDF 3.1MB)can be read here.

NAIDOC Weeks Awards

The theme for NAIDOC Week in 2018 is Because of Her, We Can - recognising strong women who have enriched the lives and opened up opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

As part of the theme, Council held a morning tea in July and presented awards to 26 individuals and organisations achieving great things in the community.

Copy of Summary of Award Recipients - NAIDOC Week 2018