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The NSW Government is committed to a 12-month consultation process with Aboriginal communities on their aspirations for a Treaty framework or other formal agreement making process, to be led by three dedicated Commissioners.

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Passing of Uncle Joe Trindall


Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Victor Dominello and Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson have joined the Tamworth community in mourning the passing of respected Aboriginal elder Joe Trindall, who passed away on 28 August 2012, aged 87.

Uncle Joe, as he was respectfully known, worked tirelessly for social justice for Aboriginal people across the New England North West region with Pearl, his wife of 66 years.

"Joe Trindall dedicated countless hours for his community," Mr Dominello said.

"Mr Trindall, and his wife, Pearl, worked on many advisory committees, including the Aboriginal Medical Service, and the Tamworth Reconciliation Group.

"With a passion for Aboriginal health and education, Joe and Pearl helped establish the Tamworth Aboriginal Educational Consultative Group, a homework centre in Peel St and also the Birralee Multipurpose Aboriginal Children's Service Centre.

"Joe and Pearl's efforts have been recognised in several arenas, including the presentation of numerous justice and Premier's awards. In 2007, they were presented with an Aboriginal Health Hall of Fame Award.

"Uncle Joe Trindall attended community meetings right until the end and he has instilled these qualities of leadership and responsibility in his children, who will carry on his work in Tamworth," Mr Dominello said.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said: "Uncle Joe provided wise counsel and advice to me on numerous occasions which always greatly appreciated. His lifetime devotion to the Aboriginal community was appreciated by the wider community and we are richer for knowing him.

"Uncle Joe Trindall is survived by his wife, Pearl, five of their children and their grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.  

Media contact: Laura Hofman (Minister Dominello) 0411 261 837

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