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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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Plans for Aboriginal Centre for Excellence Unveiled


Design plans for the new Aboriginal Centre for Excellence in Western Sydney have been unveiled to more than 100 community members and organisations at a Community Open Day today.

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell said the Community Open Day is a great initiative for the community to come together and discuss the future of the Centre.

“This project is a community partnership and consultation with the broader community is crucial in ensuring the Aboriginal Centre of Excellence is a place where young Aboriginal people feel encouraged to dream big,” Ms Mitchell said.

The NSW Government’s $20 million project, due to open in November 2018, will support young Aboriginal people to transition from school to further education and employment and will be a resource for the Aboriginal community of Western Sydney.

Project Advisory Committee member Jake Thomson said the day was a critical opportunity to engage the broader community about the role of the ACE.

“The Open Day was an incredible opportunity for us as PAC members to meet with community and hear their views on how the centre can best meet the needs of Aboriginal young people in Western Sydney. Although PAC has a critical role to play in guiding the project, we are also led by our community and their aspirations, to make sure we create the best possible place for everyone.”

The Community Open Day also hosted a range of free entertainment including headline act The Last Kinection and emerging singer and PAC member Mi’Kaisha Masella.

For more information on the Aboriginal Centre for Excellence, visit here.

MEDIA: Sally Taylor 0428 149 401

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