Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities


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Acknowledgement to Country

Sutherland Shire Council acknowledges the Dharawal speaking people who are the Traditional Custodians of the land of Sutherland Shire.
Council pays respect to the Elders past and present of the Dharawal nation and extends that respect to other Aboriginal people visiting this site.

The Sutherland Shire is unique in Australia's history, as Kamay Botany Bay was the location of the first recorded contact point between our First Nations people and Europeans.


Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan

Sutherland Shire Council’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) has been developed to build and develop collaborative relationships between Council and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, to progress reconciliation and promote and celebrate culture.
We are excited to continue on our journey of  building and developing meaningful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ communities and we are very proud to share  Sutherland Shire Council's first Reconciliation Action Plan.

Click to view Reflect Rap

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Reconciliation Statement and Community Response

Sutherland Shire Council's Reconciliation Statement was released on 19 May 2003. The statement was created in collaboration with the Aboriginal Advisory Committee.


Aboriginal Advisory Committee

Council participates in the quarterly Aboriginal Advisory sub-Committee meetings to discuss the continuing education and connection between the local First Nations Peoples of the Sutherland Shire.

Kurranulla Partnership

Council has a strong partnership with Kurranulla Aboriginal Corporation to create understanding and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Sutherland Shire. Kurranulla are also a drop in centre for local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, providing individually tailored and culturally appropriate services for; children, younger and older people, people with disabilities, men and women; promoting reconciliation, recognition and opportunities.

Local Aboriginal Land Council's

In seeking specialist advice from local Elders, our first point of contact is the La Perouse, Gandangara and Tharawal Local Aboriginal Land Councils.

Further information for support:
Community Directories

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Upcoming Cultural Events

Keep up to date with our connection through community, respect and sharing of stories. Learn more about upcoming events supported by local Aboriginal community groups and Council.

What's On in the Shire

Intergenerational Storytelling Screening - 14 April 2021

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