Engagement February 2020 to June 2022
We engaged the community to develop a draft plan
The MidCoast Aboriginal Action Plan guides our efforts to improve outcomes for Aboriginal people on the MidCoast. While not all needs identified are Council’s responsibility to deliver, we will seek partnerships with other organisations and government agencies to deliver improvements.
The MidCoast region has over 94,000 residents with 6.2% identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, well above the NSW regional average of 4.7%. We value our diverse community and recognise the opportunity to embrace the local Aboriginal culture and enhance inclusiveness.
To view the MidCoast Aboriginal Action Plan document in full-screen in the interactive PDF viewer above, select the bracket icon at the bottom-right side the toolbar to enable full-screen.
If you are having trouble viewing the document in the interactive PDF viewer, you may also download the full MidCoast Aboriginal Action Plan here.
The draft strategy was on public exhibition for community feedback from 13 January – 26 March 2023, where we received feedback from 79 people and 5 formal submissions.
The feedback received from the community was considered and some changes were made to the draft document.
The strategy was then adopted by the elected Council at the 23 August 2023 Ordinary Meeting.
The key themes emerging from the community feedback were:
The draft Aboriginal Action Plan was written considering community feedback gathered between February 2020 until June 2022.
A total of 214 people provided feedback on issues including housing, health, education, justice, connection and inclusion, family and culture.
You can read more about the what you told us during the first phase of engagement below.
Timeline item 1 - complete
Community provides input to develop the Draft MidCoast Aboriginal Action Plan
February 2020 - June 2022
Timeline item 2 - complete
Development of the Draft Action Plan considering your feedback
Timeline item 3 - complete
Consultation on Draft MidCoast Aboriginal Action Plan
13 January - 26 March 2023
Timeline item 4 - complete
Draft MidCoast Aboriginal Action Plan is endorsed by Council
Wednesday 23 August 2023 Council meeting
Timeline item 5 - active
We work together to implement actions in the Plan
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live, the Gathang-speaking people and pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who now reside in the MidCoast Council area. We extend our respect to elders past and present, and to all future cultural-knowledge holders.
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Our commitments to you
We deliver benefits for our community in a way that adds value and builds trust.
Why we are engaging
We are committed to engaging with our community in a meaningful way to support decision making, plan for projects, and to strengthen our communities.
By inviting your participation, we aim to create a sense of belonging, connection and involvement, and ultimately greater ownership of decisions by the whole community.
Have Your Say is our online tool for dynamic digital community engagement and provides an opportunity to stay informed and share what matters to you.