Guraki Aboriginal Advisory Committee

The Guraki Aboriginal Advisory Committee provides strategic advice and guidance with relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, gives life to Council’s commitment to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of the City of Newcastle and engages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Local Government.

Objectives and Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the Committee are as follows:

  • To give life to Council’s 1998 Commitment to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of the City of Newcastle
  • To provide strategic advice and guidance with relation to Aboriginal matters of cultural and heritage significance
  • To engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Local Government
  • To raise the broad community awareness of Aboriginal culture and themes
  • To provide a united voice for Aboriginal peoples of the City of Newcastle.

The Committee meets a minimum quarterly and includes the members listed below.

Membership

Stakeholder representatives

  1. Awabakal Local Aboriginal Land Council
  2. Luke Russell - Wylaa Buuranliyn - Chairperson
  3. Julie-anne Rose - Awabakal Ltd
  4. Lee Lazarevic - Aboriginal Affairs NSW
  5. Andrew Smith - Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council
  6. Nathan Towney - University of Newcastle

Community representatives

  1. Maree Edwards

Councillors

  1. Councillor Deahnna Richardson
  2. Councillor Winney-Baartz
  3. Councillor Charlotte McCabe

Facilitator

  • Jody Clark, Aboriginal Engagement Partner - Guraki Committee

Meeting Schedule 2021

As per the Guraki Committee Charter - 12.1 the Committee will meet at least four times per year or as otherwise resolved by the Committee.

Meeting dates for 2022 are:

Monday 28 February 2022
Wednesday 27 April 2022
Monday 30 May 2022
Wednesday 27 July 2022
Monday 26 September 2022
Wednesday 30 November 2022

Committee Charter

Meeting Agendas


Meeting Minutes

Outcomes - Planning Workshop- 19 March 2018 (pdf)
Minutes 21 May 2018 (pdf)
Minutes 30 July 2018 (pdf)
Minutes 7 August 2018 (pdf)
Minutes 15 October 2018 (pdf)
Minutes 10 December 2018 (pdf)
Minutes 18 March 2019 (pdf)

Minutes 16 September 2019 (pdf)

Minutes 18 March 2019 (pdf)

Minutes 2 December 2019 (pdf)

Minutes 2 March 2020 (pdf)

Minutes 24 August 2020 (pdf)


We will be seeking Expressions of Interest to increase membership in early 2022. If you would like to become a community member on the Guraki Aboriginal Advisory Committee or have any general enquiries please contact Jody Clark, Aboriginal Engagement Partner, joclark@ncc.nsw.gov.au.

Any person wishing to submit information to the committee may contact the Facilitator by email joclark@ncc.nsw.gov.au