The Braiakaulung Advisory Committee was established in 1998 to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land, and issues associated with Reconciliation.
The aims of the committee are:
- To advise Council on policies and how they relate to the Aboriginal community
- To advise Council on Aboriginal Reconciliation
- To facilitate major events including Aboriginal input and participation
- To promote recognition and awareness of Aboriginal culture in Council and the wider community \
- To ensure information sharing about Council strategies, policies and programs
- To maximise the promotion of opportunities for people through Council and other programs including training and employment for young people
- To encourage the promotion of positive messages about Aboriginal initiatives and achievements
- To assist in the development of strategies for tackling identified problems
- To advise Council on Cultural heritage issues
Latrobe City Council adopted the “Statement of Commitment to Indigenous People and Statement of Reconciliation” in March 2000. This statement has been reviewed and the “Statement of Commitment to Reconciliation” was adopted in 2011.
Other achievements of the Committee:
- The development and implementation of an Indigenous employment strategy
- The development of a cultural awareness program
- Welcome signage to include Braiakaulung language
- Participation in cross cultural activities and celebrations
- Participation on the Gippsland Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee
- Representation on, and presentations to, a variety of committees, activities, celebrations and events
Membership of the Committee is open to any members of the Aboriginal community, or those working closely with the Aboriginal community, to attend.