Introduction

Statement of commitment to Aboriginal Australians

The City of Wagga Wagga acknowledges and respects that Aboriginal people were the first people of this land and the Wiradjuri people were the first regional custodians of the Wagga Wagga Local Government Area. This recognition includes acceptance of the rights and responsibilities of Aboriginal people to participate in decision making.

Council acknowledges the shared responsibility of all Australians to respect and encourage the development of an awareness and appreciation of each other’s origin. In so doing, Council recognises and respects the heritage, culture, sacred sites and special places of Aboriginal people.

Council is committed to developing programs to improve the wellbeing of all City of Wagga Wagga residents as well as facilitating reconciliation between Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal people.

Council recognises that social justice and reconciliation are fundamental to achieving positive changes. Council will continue to actively encourage Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal people to work together for a just, harmonious and progressive society. Council recognises that the richness of Aboriginal cultures and values in promoting social diversity within the community.