Orange City Council has demonstrated its commitment to the Orange Aboriginal community in many ways.
Statement of Commitment
In 2005 Orange City Council adopted this Statement of Commitment. It was developed 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 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 commitment has been demonstrated in a number of ways including :
- Developing the Orange Aboriginal Development Strategy
- Conducting an Aboriginal Employment Strategy
- Growing the Bush Babies concept through the Orange Supported Playgroup
- Providing support in the development of the Aboriginal Community Social Development Plan
- Producing the Orange Aboriginal Heritage Report
Orange Aboriginal Services Directory
The Council also maintains, promotes and distributes the Orange Aboriginal Services Directory 2017 on behalf of the Aboriginal community. This directory provides information on Aboriginal specific services or Aboriginal workers and contacts for mainstream and government agencies.
For more information, please contact the Central West Aboriginal Community Engagement Officer for Orange City Council on 6393 8000.