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Banyule City Council supports Uluru Statement from the Heart

On Monday 5 Dec, Banyule City council unanimously passed a motion to support the Uluru Statement from the Heart in full.

Banyule is the third Victorian council to take this action, with City of Greater Geelong Council and Bayside City Council passing motions to support the Uluru Statement last year.  

The motion asked for Banyule Council to adopt the Uluru Statement from the Heart in full and take a practical action for a better future and reconciled Australia’. This would also encompass registering support on the Uluru Dialogue website and showing support through the Council’s communications. In addition, the Council were asked to continue to work in partnership with the RAP committee and First Nations community to develop and deliver a community engagement and communications plan.

The motion was brought forward by Zali Mifsud - First Nations Lead in Community Wellbeing at Banyule City Council. This decision by Banyule City Council signals the increasing momentum of local councils across Victoria working to strengthen their commitment to First Nations rights and advocacy.

President of local reconciliation group Reconciliation Banyule (pictured above) Sue Harris remarked “I was astounded and heartened by the strength and pride with which the Councillors supported the motion. I couldn’t count the votes through wet eyes and overwhelming emotion as I realised it had gone through.”  

Uncle Charles Pakana of Victorian Aboriginal News and Banyule Citizen of the Year spoke at the council meeting and reflected:  “It shows the absolute power of our Reconciliation groups and the amazing results to be had when we walk together as a movement of Australian people for a better future.”

View the meeting minutes here

Watch the livestream of the meeting here.


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