Aboriginal Matters

Mayor Ann Ferguson

We wish to acknowledge and respect that we are meeting upon the lands of the Peramangk people who are highly respected rainmakers, sorcerers, doctors and the fire givers among the other Aboriginal nations.

We further recognise and respect that the Peramangk have for millennia had a deep and intrinsic connection to these lands and respect their ongoing right to maintain that connection both spiritually and culturally.

Nothing in our actions today shall disrespect or undermine the Peramangk people’s rights to use, enjoy or occupy their lands, without their express permission to do so.  We acknowledge that in the past this may not have been the case, but we now extend this respect to the living descendants of the Peramangk people.