Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Acknowledgement of Country

Lake Macquarie City Council acknowledges that Aboriginal people, in this area, the Awabakal, were the first people of this land, and are the proud survivors of more than two hundred years of continuing dispossession. Council recognises that European occupation brought massive changes to the land and its people. As a vital step towards building a just and common future, Council recognises the sense of loss and the grief held by all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for the alienation from their traditional land, the loss of their freedom, their lives, their languages, their health and the disruption of their cultural practices. Council respects the rights of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to pursue their own values and culture. We pay respect to knowledge holders and community members of the land and waters and pays 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 2019-2023 'Bayikulinan' (to act in the future) highlights the needs and the priority issues of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and organisations within Lake Macquarie City.

NAIDOC Week

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 events

The Westlakes NAIDOC Family Fun Day will be held on Tuesday 9 July commencing with a peaceful march down The Boulevard at 10am to Toronto Foreshore. Contact naidocwestlakes@bigpond.com for more information.

Council's annual NAIDOC Week flag raising ceremony and morning tea on Wednesday 10 July commencing at 9am. For more information and to RSVP call 02 4921 0333 or email council@lakemac.nsw.gov.au.

The Eastlakes NAIDOC Family Fun Day will be held on Friday 19 July at Pelican Foreshore from 10am–3pm. Call 02 4971 4800 for more information.

All events are free and open to the whole community to join in.

Annual culturally significant dates

Significant dates and events

Acknowledgement of 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: 12 July 2019