Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Acknowledgement to Country
Lake Macquarie City Council acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, the Awabakal People. We pay respect to knowledge holders and community members of the land and acknowledge and pay respect to Elders past, present and future.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of people who have since passed away.
Statement of Commitment
Council is committed to respecting the rights of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people residing in the City to pursue their own values and culture.
View the Statement of Commitment.
Aboriginal Community Plan
With a high commitment to consultation, the Aboriginal Community Plan 2012-2015 highlights the needs of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community within the City of Lake Macquarie Local Government Area (LGA).
View the Aboriginal Community Plan to learn the priority issues raised from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members and organisations.
For any further information, contact us on 02 4921 0333.
In the first full week of July, Lake Macquarie City Council joins in celebrating the various annual NAIDOC Week events with the wider community, schools and organisations.
NAIDOC originally stood for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. The committee was responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and this acronym has since become the name of the week itself.
Today, NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia and recognise the unique history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The week is a great opportunity for Lake Macquarie residents to participate in a range of activities and to support Lake Macquarie’s local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
2017-18 Aboriginal Youth Cultural Learning Fund
Applications are now open to apply for the 2017-18 Aboriginal Youth Cultural Learning Fund.
Council has committed to provide funding up to $750 to not-for-profit organisations and high schools that can deliver a specific culturally appropriate program to engage youth (12-24 years) in the Lake Macquarie region through means of learning Traditional Aboriginal Cultural practices.
Applications close 5pm Monday 18 September 2017.
To find out whether you're eligible, review the 2017-18 Aboriginal Youth Cultural Learning Fund Guidelines for applicants.
Once you have reviewed the guidelines, and can demonstrate meeting the criteria, you can apply for funding.
Significant dates and events
Acknowledgement and Welcome to Country
Read the Acknowledgement and Welcome to Country
Learn about local Aboriginal sacred sites in Lake Macquarie
Page last updated: 05 September 2017