Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Acknowledgement to Country

Lake Macquarie City Council acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, the Awabakal People. We pay respect to knowledge holders and community members of the land and acknowledge and pay respect to Elders past, present and future.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of people who have since passed away.

Statement of Commitment

Council is committed to respecting the rights of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people residing in the City to pursue their own values and culture.

View the Statement of Commitment.

Aboriginal Community Plan

With a high commitment to consultation, the Aboriginal Community Plan 2012-2015 highlights the needs of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community within the City of Lake Macquarie Local Government Area (LGA).

View the Aboriginal Community Plan to learn the priority issues raised from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members and organisations.

For any further information, contact us on 02 4921 0333.


In the first full week of July, Lake Macquarie City Council joins in celebrating the various annual NAIDOC Week events with the wider community, schools and organisations.

NAIDOC originally stood for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. The committee was responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and this acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

Today, NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia and recognise the unique history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The week is a great opportunity for Lake Macquarie residents to participate in a range of activities and to support Lake Macquarie’s local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

NAIDOC Week 2018

NAIDOC Week 2018 will celebrate the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made and continue to make to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation.

Under the theme - Because of her, we can! - NAIDOC Week 2018 will be held nationally from Sunday 8 July and continue through to Sunday 15 July.

NAIDOC Week grants

Lake Macquarie City Council is offering local community groups, not-for-profit organisations, agencies and schools grants to help fund projects or events during NAIDOC Week. The grant enables applications for funds up to $2500 in category one and up to $750 in category two.

Applications are now open for NAIDOC Week grants, and close at 5pm, Monday 19 March 2018.

Annual events

Significant dates and events

Acknowledgement and Welcome to Country

Read the Acknowledgement and Welcome to Country

Sacred sites

Learn about local Aboriginal sacred sites in Lake Macquarie

Page last updated: 21 February 2018