Respect and Acknowledgement for Local Indigenous Peoples
Almost everything council does has the potential to affect the traditional owners of the land the shire sits on.
As a community, we must be culturally sensitive to the traditional owners and inclusive in decisions that directly affect them. There are many ways we can do this. Ensuring correct local language is used in signage, incorporating local indigenous artwork into our brand and assisting indigenous residents to be involved in local tourism are just a few initiatives I feel strongly about investigating.
I also believe we need an Indigenous Cultural Officer within council. This will ensure that the Kuku Yalanji, Yirrganydji and Djabugay people have a direct link to council – a champion for their needs, ideas and attitudes around how council manages the shire.