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Statement of commitment to Reconciliation

Section of 'Rockpools' by Brownen Smith

Eurobodalla Shire Council has a long-standing commitment and relationship with the Eurobodalla Aboriginal community.

Statement of commitment

Eurobodalla Shire Council:

  • acknowledges the rights of Aboriginal people to live according to their beliefs and customs and gives due respect and recognition of customary lore, heritage, beliefs and traditions.
  • acknowledges that reconciliation means having an appreciation of how the past has impacted on generations of Aboriginal people and how we build a community for today.
  • commits to reconciliation valuing empathy, dignity, respect and fairness. We commit to working with the community towards reconciliation and to the provision of services, programs and activities that support growth and development of Aboriginal communities (adopted by Eurobodalla Shire Council, 21 December 2010).

National Sorry Day Bridge Walk

At the heart of reconciliation is the relationship between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. National Reconciliation Week runs annually from 27 May to 3 June. It is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

National Sorry Day, which took place in 2019 on Sunday 26 May, asks Australians to remember the past policies of forced child removal, and to reflect on the sad and painful stories of the Stolen Generations. It is a time to recognise the resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the power of saying Sorry.

Council is working in partnership with the Eurobodalla Aboriginal Boys to Men Group to develop a memorandum of understanding to support an annual community march to celebrate National Reconcilliation Week and National Sorry Day in Eurobodalla. The purpose of this event is to acknowledge our Aboriginal community, our shared past and to move forward together in a positive way to create peace, harmony and unity within our community.

On Friday 24 May, 2019 over 200 members of the community came together to march in unity. Details of the 2020 event will be announced as the day approaches.

Photograph by Gillian Tedder of the 2019 Moruya Sorry Day Bridge Walk event

More information

For more information contact Council's Community Development and Youth Coordinator, Zoe Morgan: