The purpose of the Arakwal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Advisory Committee is to meet as required to develop a Memorandum of Understanding between the Byron Shire Council and the Bundjalung of Byron Bay (Arakwal) people and deliver and review identified actions, governance, processes and projects.
The Council acknowledges that Aboriginal people are the original inhabitants of the Byron Shire area and that according to their continuing law, traditions and customs it remains their traditional country. The Council also acknowledges and respects the Corporation’s right to speak for its country in accordance with its laws, traditions and customs.
The parties commit themselves to seek together ways in which Aboriginal interests can be advanced where decisions are to be made about their traditional country.
The parties commit themselves to work together to ensure that this is done in a way that advances the interests of the whole community and promotes harmonious community interests.
This committee meets to fulfil Council’s legal obligations under the Native Title Act and facilitate an avenue for the traditional owners as recognised under the Native Title Act (1993) the Bundjalung of Byron Bay, Arakwal People, to participate in governance on matters relating to their ancestral homelands.
Councillors Coorey and Ndiaye are Council's representatives to the Committee.
3 invited representatives from the Bundjalung of Byron Bay Aboriginal Corporation (Arakwal) are also members of the Committee, including the General Manager and two Board Members.
The constitution(PDF, 340KB) of this Committee is publicly available.