Welcome to Wiradjuri Country
Gawaimbanna-gu wiradjuri nhurranbaang
We acknowledge the Wiradjuri people on whose traditional lands AlburyCity is located.
The history culture, diversity and values of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanderpeople are recognised acknowledged and respected.
We recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have experienced social injustice and racism since the commencement of colonisation in Australia.
We express deep sorrow over the unjust policies and practices that have prevailed in Australia’s relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
We regret that these actions and attitudes have occurred and ensure such practices will not be repeated.
We acknowledge the ongoing effects of such practices on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
We are committed to working in partnership with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to strive towards empowerment for the betterment of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community of Albury.
Reconciliation Action Plan 2022-2024
Strengthening our city through Reconciliation
AlburyCity has endorsed its Reconciliation Action Plan, which contains a range of actions and associated deliverables that Council has committed to and was developed in close consultation with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
These initiatives will lead to better outcomes across health, wellbeing, education, culture and economic participation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
View the Reconciliation Action Plan
Read our Media Release
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice
In late 2023, Australians will have their say in a Referendum about whether to change the Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.
The Voice would be an independent and permanent advisory body. It would give advice to the Australian Parliament and Government on matters that affect the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
At the AlburyCity Council Meeting on Monday, 27 June 2022, the following was unanimously resolved:
- Receives and notes the submissions received during the Public Exhibition of the draft AlburyCity Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan June 2022 – June 2024; and
- Adopts the draft AlburyCity Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan June 2022 – June 2024 and endorses that the document be submitted to Reconciliation Australia seeking their final endorsement.
- In accordance with Action 15, within the Respect pillar of the AlburyCity Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan, AlburyCity calls on the Australian Government to continue to demonstrate strong leadership, in support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, by endorsing the Uluru Statement from the Heart, establishing a process for truth telling, negotiating a treaty and reforming our constitution to enshrine a voice to parliament for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The Australian Government has some handy resources including a Community Toolkit where you can learn more about The Voice and the upcoming Referendum.
National Reconciliation Week
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey — the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.
Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
For more information you can visit the National Reconciliation Week website
NAIDOC Week 2023
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held around the country each year to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
The theme for NAIDOC Week 2023 is – For Our Elders
More information can be found on the NAIDOC Week website or for local event updates head to the Albury Wodonga NAIDOC Committee Facebook page.
National Sorry Day
National Sorry Day is a day to remember and acknowledge the mistreatment of First Nations people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities... the Stolen Generations.
It’s a day to pay tribute to their remarkable strength and resilience, and to reflect on how we can contribute to the healing process of our communities. Because sorry means you don’t do it again.
First Nations kids need culture, community and family so that community Elders can continue intergenerational storytelling and knowledge sharing.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands Protocols
For more information about how we will promote respectful relationships between AlburyCity and the local Aboriginal community read our protocols.