Thank you Maree

Maree, brings our community together to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture


Originally starting at Council with Landcare, Maree’s talents didn’t go unnoticed, and it wasn’t long before she was seconded into the important role of Aboriginal Community Development Officer. Nine years later, she’s still just as passionate as day one.  

Maree’s role is to link Council and the community. Her tireless contribution saw her win the Minister’s Award for Women in Local Government in 2018, and Local Government Aboriginal Network Indoor Worker of the Year and Charlestown Local Woman of the Year in 2020.

As a descendent of the Wonnaruah people, she works tirelessly to share and celebrate the culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Lake Macquarie. Maree offers Aboriginal cultural awareness sessions four times a year and compiles a quarterly publication, the Koori Grapevine. She’s also involved in the process of installing Welcome/Acknowledgement plaques with Awabakal language translations throughout Council facilities.

A highlight and fond memory for Maree was when she did the brolga dance at the NAIDOC Week ceremony in 2016. “NAIDOC Week is a very special time. The spirit of the community comes alive and brings a true sense of connection regardless of background, a positive sign that reconciliation can happen. The community is passionate about reviving cultural language and practices which I aim to be part of, especially for our younger people.”

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