Building a future together
By ADRIAN MILLER
MEMBERS from the five major Aboriginal communities in the Clarence Valley have united to form the Clarence Valley Aboriginal Consultative Committee (CVACC).
The CVACC features two people, one man and one woman, from each of the Maclean, Yamba, Grafton, Baryulgil and Malabugilmah communities.
Formed as a result of the the Indigenous Chapter of the Clarence Valley Social Plan, the CVACC will oversee and guide the implementation of the Social Plan as well as establish a communication structure between the Aboriginal communities, Clarence Valley Council and local agencies.
Clarence Valley mayor Ian Tiley said the CVACC would present an excellent opportunity for the indigenous communities in the council area to have recurring dialogue with policy makers.
"Already significant outcomes have been achieved, such as additional conditions of consent on the Second Chance facility near Tabulam," he said.
"This has come about because the committee raised the matters, we took those issues to council which willingly added them to the conditions. That demonstrates the value of the process now in place."
Meeting the mayor, council general manager on a bi-monthly basis, the CVACC has negotiated an Aboriginal employment strategy and a council mentoring program.
Other issues the committee will address through the social plan include transport, housing, health, employment, culture, legal and safety, and recreation.
Cr Tiley said he saw the CVACC as presenting a great chance for the five indigenous communitis in the council area to have face-to-face dialogue with the mayor, the general manager and the director of community and cultural services.