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Statement of Commitment

On 28 May 2012 Council's Mayor Jan Barham and General Manager Graeme Faulker co-signed the Aboriginal Statement of Commitment to Bundjalung of Byron Bay Arakwal People with Dulcie Nicholls and Yvonne Stewart of the Bundjalung of Byron Bay Aboriginal Corporation (Arakwal).

Following is the wording of the Statement.

"Byron Shire Council recognises the Bundjalung of Byron Bay Aboriginal - Arakwal People as traditional owners and custodians within this local Government area. Byron Shire Council and the Aboriginal community are committed to working together in the process of reconciliation.

In October 1998, Byron Shire Council became the first Council in New South Wales to establish a formal relationship with Native Title Claimants. A Heads of Agreement with the Arakwal people was established.

Byron Shire Council supports and advocates the cultural and economic advancement of the Bundjalung of Byron Bay Aboriginal - Arakwal People and will cooperate to ensure the preservation of cultural practices, traditional sites and significant places. Council supports expressions of cultural identity.

Byron Shire Council and the Bundjalung of Byron Bay Aboriginal - Arakwal People believe in a future characterised by social justice and community. Together, we seek to build a society free of racism and prejudice where Aboriginal people feel a strong sense of belonging and are able to participate fully in the life of the community.

Byron Shire Council recognises the significant commitment by the Bundjalung of Byron Bay Aboriginal - Arakwal People to caring for country and maintains a partnership to consult and cooperate in achieving ecologically sustainable conservation.

Byron Shire Council will engage in an active partnership with the Bundjalung of Byron Bay Aboriginal - Arakwal People to develop programs and services which meet the needs of our community."