Indige­nous coun­cil role

South Western Times - - News -

ABO­RIG­I­NAL el­der Den­nis Jetta is call­ing on Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple to seek elec­tion as lo­cal gov­ern­ment coun­cil­lors.

“We need to en­cour­age the up and com­ing peo­ple in our com­mu­nity to be­come part of the de­ci­sion­mak­ing for this area,” he said.

“Coun­cil is there for every­body and if one group of peo­ple isn’t get­ting rep­re­sented prop­erly on the coun­cil then there cer­tainly needs to be a voice there.”

“I think we need more rep­re­sen­ta­tion from the wider com­mu­nity on the coun­cil and I think ev­ery shire coun­cil should have at least an Abo­rig­i­nal per­son on there if not an Abo­rig­i­nal ad­vi­sory per­son there.”

Mr Jetta said both male and fe­male Abo­rig­i­nal rep­re­sen­ta­tives would bet­ter ad­vise the coun­cil on is­sues af­fect­ing Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple.

“At this stage I think there are still a lot of peo­ple on coun­cils who don’t un­der­stand the full his­tory of Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple, be­cause the things that hap­pened in the past are still af­fect­ing Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple to­day,” he said.

“I am hop­ing other Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple might take up the idea and give them the bump to say ‘OK I will run for coun­cil’.”

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