Statement of Commitment
Orange City Council has developed the Statement of Commitment to demonstrate to the entire Orange community that it is genuine about its responsibility to the Aboriginal community and to working in unison to achieve reconciliation. The Commitment underpins the Orange Aboriginal Development Strategy and states:
Orange City Council recognises the Wiradjuri people as the traditional owners and custodians of this local government area. Orange City Council and the Aboriginal community are committed to working together in the process of reconciliation.
We support and advocate the advancement of the Aboriginal peoples of Orange and will cooperate to ensure the preservation of cultural practices, traditional sites and significant places. Council supports expressions of cultural identity.
Orange City Council and the Aboriginal peoples of Orange believe in a future characterised by social justice and community. Together, we seek to build a society free of racism and prejudice where Aboriginal peoples feel a strong sense of belonging and are able to participate fully in the life of the community.
Orange City Council and the Aboriginal community will engage in an active partnership to develop programs and services, which meet the needs of our citizens.
This Statement of Commitment was adopted by Orange City Council on 20 October 2005.