Treaty talks

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Jill Gal­lagher

The Vic­to­rian Treaty Ad­vance­ment Com­mis­sion is hold­ing treaty talks in Shep­par­ton next week.

Com­mis­sioner Jill Gal­lagher will in­form peo­ple of the de­tails of the next phase of the treaty process.

A gen­eral meet­ing will be held on Wed­nes­day from 9 am to 10 am at the Park­lake Ho­tel, 481 Wyn­d­ham St, Shep­par­ton.

Fol­low­ing this, a com­mu­nity gath­er­ing for Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity mem­bers will be held at the Park­lake from 2 pm to 4 pm the same day.

Ms Gal­lagher said the Com­mis­sion will es­tab­lish an Abo­rig­i­nal Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Body by mid 2019, which will help make key de­ci­sions, in­clud­ing who can ne­go­ti­ate and what is on the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble.

‘‘Tra­di­tional own­ers from this area will run as rep­re­sen­ta­tive body can­di­dates next year,’’ she said.

‘‘Peo­ple in the Goul­burn Val­ley area will in­flu­ence what hap­pens next when it comes to treaty . . . com­mu­nity is at the heart of this jour­ney.’’

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