Indigenous council role
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’.”