Indigenous Information Page

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Ralph Saunders Manager of 2TLP • Special Guests • Naidoc Week 2010

Naidoc NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. NAIDOC originally stood for 'National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee'. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself. To find out more about the origins of NAIDOC Week, visit NAIDOC history.

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2TLP is a member of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia

Russell Saunders OAM unvelling his sculpture

Indigeneous Heritage

Did you know the name Taree comes from the Aboriginal name Taree-bit for native fig? And Tinonee means 'Place of Sharks'? The Aboriginal heritage of the Greater Taree region is of immense importance to the contemporary Aboriginal community and there is considerable knowledge and expression of aspects of traditional culture. This body of knowledge is reinforced by a considerable physical record of Aboriginal heritage in the form of archaeological and historic sites. Apart from obvious concerns about protection and preservation of Aboriginal sites, there is a major concern about the living body of cultural knowledge. Without some active teaching in appropriate facilities it is feared that the Aboriginal youth of today will not have the chance to participate and enjoy their own cultural heritage. Manning Valley Tourism acknowledges the land of our traditional owners, the Biripi people.
for more information, click here to download a PDF

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Statement of Commitment

Adopted By Council At The Meeting Held 20 August 1997 Greater Taree City Council recognises with respect that Indigenous Australians were the first people of this land and that the people of the Biripi Tribe were the first occupants of the Manning Valley. This recognition includes acceptance of the rights and responsibilities of Indigenous Australians to participate in decision making. Council acknowledges the shared responsibility of all Australians to respect and encourage the development of an awareness of each others' heritage and culture. In so doing, Council recognises and respects the heritage, culture, sacred sites and special places of Indigenous Australians. Council is committed to developing programmes to improve the well-being of all Greater Taree residents as well as facilitating Reconciliation between Indigenous and non Indigenous residents. Council recognises that social justice and Reconciliation are fundamental to achieving positive changes. Council will continue to actively encourage Indigenous and non Indigenous Australians to work together for a just, harmonious and progressive society.

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Greater Taree City Council's

proposed smoke free outdoors policy was given the nod on March 11, 2010 after a three month community consultation was delivered using Engagement HQ. The decision to introduce the proposal means that smoking will be banned:
Within 10 metres of all children's playgrounds
Within 10 metres of sporting grounds and at outdoor sporting facilities
On all land used for alfresco dining - outdoor dinning
At all events run or sponsored by Council
Within 10 metres of Council owned building entrances
At all covered bus stops and taxi ranks
Areas that will not be affected by the ban include:
All ocean and harbour beaches
In all bushland, parks, reserves and public plazas
In all Council car parks.