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Attend a forum and have your say on Aboriginal policy

26-Jul-2012

Aboriginal people across NSW will be able to have their say on proposed reforms to Aboriginal policy at a series of upcoming community forums, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Victor Dominello announced today.

Mr Dominello said the Ministerial Taskforce on Aboriginal Affairs will hold nine community forums in late August and early September for people to have their say on specific ideas under consideration by the taskforce, which includes seven Ministers and Aboriginal leaders.

"The NSW Government is committed to working in partnership with Aboriginal people, which means listening to and learning from Aboriginal communities," Mr Dominello said.

"In January and February, the taskforce held community forums around the State and received thousands of comments on how the NSW Government can improve outcomes for Aboriginal communities in the areas of education and training, employment and service delivery.

"Over the last six months, we've carefully considered what Aboriginal communities have said and this has guided the development of several proposals in those areas.

"In August we're going back out to communities for a second round of consultations, so people can comment on our proposals and help shape their continuing development," he said.

Mr Dominello said the taskforce will release a progress report, which outlines the specific ideas under consideration, before the community forums get underway.

There will also be a survey - available online and at the forums - for people to give their feedback on the proposals.

"Whether you're a school student, a job seeker, or a local business owner - I encourage everyone to come along to a forum and have your say," Mr Dominello said.

The progress report and survey will be posted on the Aboriginal Affairs NSW website when available.

For more information or to register to receive a copy of the progress report as soon as it becomes available, please email taskforce@dhs.nsw.gov.au or call 9219 0702.

A full list of forum dates and locations:

Date Place Venue Time*
Friday 24 August Batemans Bay Batemans Bay Soldiers Club Beach Road Batemans Bay 11:15-3:15
Monday 27 August Newcastle Newcastle Harness Racing Club 294 Turton Road New Lambton 11:00-3:00
Tuesday 28 August Kempsey Kempsey Macleay RSL 1 York Lane Kempsey 11:30-3:30
Wednesday 29 August Lismore Lismore Workers Club 225 -231 Keen Street Lismore 11:00-3:00
Wednesday 29 August Griffith Gemini Hotel 201-207 Banna Avenue Griffith 11:00-3:00
Thursday 30 August Tamworth West Tamworth Leagues Club 58 Phillip Street West Tamworth 11:00-3:00
Friday 31 August Dubbo Dubbo RSL Cnr Brisbane & Wingewarra Streets Dubbo 11:00-3:00
Friday 31 August Cobar Cobar Bowling and Golf Club Murray Street Cobar 10:30-2:30
Monday 3 September Campbelltown Cube Entertainment and Convention Centre 20-22 Camden Road Campbelltown 10:00-2:00

For more information or to register attendance, please contact the Taskforce Secretariat: (02) 9219 0702.

Media contact: Laura Hofman 0411 261 837  


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