Aboriginal Affairs will be hosting a meeting to discuss the formation of an Aboriginal community representative body to be established in Moree.
Aboriginal Affairs community program officer, Linda Whitworth, said an organisation like this would benefit our town.
“The main purpose of the committee is to work together in identifying the needs of Aboriginal members of the community,” Ms Whitworth said.
Aboriginal Affairs will host the community meeting for all interested Aboriginal residents of Moree at 10am on July 20, at the Multi-Purpose Centre on Frome Street.
“The group is elected by the Aboriginal community itself. The Moree community will be informed of election processes used elsewhere in neighbouring regions.
“Utilising this background information and through community consultation, the Aboriginal community will settle on a structure of election they believe suits their needs best,” she said.
Once erected, the committee will start sourcing information.
“We will be working with both government and non-government organisations already established in Moree as needs are identified.
“It is feasible that we may be working with police, health, Miyay Birray, the Aboriginal Land Council, education etcetera,” Ms Whitworth said.
This approach has been initiated as a result of the NSW Government recognising that the needs of the Aboriginal community are best identified by Aboriginal people.
As for anyone who is interested, Aboriginal Affairs are looking for a diverse range of Aboriginal people.
“Community minded, Aboriginal people who are keen to work together to help Moree become a progressive community is what we are looking for. We want youth, mums, dads and elders,” she said.
“Aboriginal people are invited to come to this meeting to learn more about how this community representative body will work and what we hope to achieve. Lunch will be provided – come along and help get this great community initiative off the ground.”