Aboriginal issues
Reconciliation projects

Achievements/points of interest

  • Appointment of Council's first Aboriginal Liaison Officer - 1997
  • Development and implementation of Naidoc Week Planning Committee activities since 1998
  • Erection of a plaque in Kempsey Mall dedicated to the Stolen Generation - Inurgural National Sorry Day, 26 May 1998, and Launch of the Journey of Healing
  • The official saying of Sorry by the Council to the Aboriginal Community 22 June 1999
  • Memorial plaque and tribute to Dr Charles Perkins and the Freedom Ride at Chappel Park
  • Flying the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags in the front of the Civic Centre and Council Chambers, 5 days a week
  • Kempsey Shire Art Prize - Robert Campbell Junior Indigenous Section. This section is open to all Indigenous Artists reflecting both Traditional and contemporary issues and painting styles. Named after Kempsey's most famous artist, the Late Robert Campbell Junior whose work is displayed in many glleries and private collections world-wide. His legacy of painting has enriched our understanding of Indigenous Culture of the Macleay Valley
  • The Exhibition of the Drovers Boy Art Collection September 2002 for 10 weeks - Paintings by Bob Marchant
  • Macleay Valley Community Art Gallery is available to all Artists in the Shire and encourages local Indigenous Artists to exhibit their works
  • Displaying of Aboriginal Art in the Council's Customer First Centre and Chambers
  • Hosting the Local Government Aboriginal Network Conference in 2000
  • Hosting a Civic reception for the Kinchela Boy's Home Reunion - 4 September 2002
  • The carrying of the Olympic Torch by Aboriginal Elder and Boxer, William Morris 2000
  • The Adoption of the Statement of Commitment Action Plan in 1992
  • Lost but Not Forgotten Memorial Plaque established in 2006, Barrunbatayi (Dreamtime) Reconciliation Project at East Kempsey Cemetery Stage 1 completed in 2009 and Stage 2 completed in 2010
  • Deadly Days in conjunction with Kempsey TAFE
  • Roads and Traffic Authority Learner Program for Aboriginal drivers
  • Outward bound program
  • Deadly Awards (Sydney)
  • NAIDOC celebrations
  • Dunghutti Signage "Welcome to Nation" at both ends of the Shire on the Pacific Highway at Kundubung and Stuarts Point
  • Paul Davis-Welsh Sporting Foundation
  • Healing Day at South West Rocks