Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Inner West to pursue Principles of Co-operation with "Metro" (21 August 2018)

C0818(2) Item 15 Notice of Motion: Principles of Co-operation Agreement with        'Metro'

Motion: (Da Cruz/Hesse)

THAT the General Manager write to the CEO of the Metropolitan Local  Aboriginal Land Council with a view to commencing negotiations towards  the signing a Principles of Co-operation Agreement between Inner West  Council and The Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council ('Metro').

 

 

Motion Carried

For Motion: Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Porteous, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:  Nil

Absent: Crs Passas and Raciti

Source Minutes of Council Meeting 21 August 2018 https://innerwest.infocouncil.biz/Open/2018/08/C_21082018_MIN_EXTRA_WEB.htm

 

Agenda Item (carried over from July):

 

Item No:         C0818(2) Item 15

Subject:         Notice of Motion: Principles of Co-operation Agreement with 'Metro'           

            Council at its meeting on 14 August 2018 deferred this item to the meeting to be held on 21 August 2018.

From:             Councillor Marghanita Da Cruz  

 

 

Motion:

 

THAT the General Manager write to the CEO of the Metropolitan Local  Aboriginal Land Council with a view to commencing negotiations towards  the signing a Principles of Co-operation Agreement between Inner West  Council and The Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council ('Metro').

 

 

Background

 

In 2004, Leichhardt Council became the first council to sign a principles of cooperation agreement with the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council ('Metro'). The Agreement can be viewed at http://www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au/Community/Aboriginal-Community/Principals-of-Cooperation

 

Since then the City of Sydney, Canada Bay, Willoughby, North Sydney and other Local Government councils have signed similar agreements with 'Metro'. The Principles of Co-operation Agreement with City of Sydney can be viewed at:

http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/113672/Principles-of-cooperation.pdf

 

“The Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council ('Metro') was established under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW) ('the Act'). Its primary objectives are set out in s 51 of the Act - namely, 'to improve, protect and foster the best interests of all Aboriginal

persons within the Council's area and other persons who are members of the Council.'

 

Metro's core business areas are described as follows:

 

(a) Culture and Heritage:

Among other roles, Metro's Aboriginal Culture and Heritage Unit is responsible for the conservation of Aboriginal sites and relics in the area (including more than 6,800 registered sites of cultural significance). It also carries out education programs with the broader community, conducts Cultural Heritage Site Assessments for developers and participates in projects for the repatriation of Aboriginal remains.

 

b) Land Claims

In accordance with the Act, 'Metro's Land Rights Unit researches and makes claims on vacant crown land within Metro's boundaries of the greater Sydney metropolitan area. This work has enabled Metro to become the largest single landholder in a number of Sydney local government areas.' Metro also monitors outstanding land claims.

 

c) Housing

Metro's Property Unit aims 'to equip [Metro's] members with suitable and affordable housing, clean water, heating and decent living conditions.' It is also 'responsible for the management and maintenance of Metro residential and business properties.'

 

Metro's other business includes Culture and Promotions, Employment and Training, Joint Ventures and Tourism.

 

Metro is a Public Benevolent Institution that seeks 'funding from various bodies, groups and individuals to run programs that meet the needs of the Aboriginal community within [its] boundaries.'

 

Source: Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, Agreements,

Treaties and Negotiated Settlements Project, Centre for Health and

Society, The University of Melbourne, viewed 2 July 2018,

http://www.atns.net.au/agreement.asp?EntityID=1832

Officer’s Comments:

 Comment from Group Manager Community Services and Culture:

If this motion is adopted, initial consultations and collaboration can be undertaken within existing resources.

 

Resource Implications

 Nil additional for initial consultations and collaboration.

ATTACHMENTS

Nil. 

 

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