Guraki Aboriginal Advisory Committee

The Guraki Aboriginal Advisory Committee provides strategic advice and guidance with relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, gives life to Council’s commitment to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of the City of Newcastle and engages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Local Government.

The Committee meets quarterly and includes the members listed below.

Objectives and Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the Committee are as follows:

  • To give life to Council’s 1998 Commitment to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of the City of Newcastle
  • To provide strategic advice and guidance with relation to Aboriginal matters of cultural and heritage significance
  • To engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Local Government
  • To raise the broad community awareness of Aboriginal culture and themes
  • To provide a united voice for Aboriginal peoples of the City of Newcastle.

Membership

Stakeholder representatives

  1. Rob Russell - Awabakal Local Aboriginal Land Council - Chair
  2. Luke Russell - Wylaa Buuranliyn- Deputy Chair
  3. Raylene Gordon - Awabakal Ltd
  4. Cheryl Kitchener - Aboriginal Affairs NSW
  5. Andrew Smith - Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council
  6. Abie Wright - Yarnteen Ltd

Community representatives

  1. Maree Edwards
  2. Angela Pearce

Councillors

  1. Councillor White
  2. Councillor Winney-Baartz
  3. Councillor Rufo

Facilitator

  • Jody Clark, Aboriginal Engagement Partner - Guraki Committee

Meeting Schedule 2021

As per the Guraki Committee Charter - 12.1 the Committee will meet at least four times per year or as otherwise resolved by the Committee.

Meeting dates for 2021 are:

Monday 19th April 2021
Tuesday 18th May 2021
Tuesday 20th July 2021
Tuesday 21st September 2021
Tuesday 16th November 2021

Committee Charter

Meeting Agendas


Meeting Minutes

Outcomes - Planning Workshop- 19 March 2018 (pdf)
Minutes 21 May 2018 (pdf)
Minutes 30 July 2018 (pdf)
Minutes 7 August 2018 (pdf)
Minutes 15 October 2018 (pdf)
Minutes 10 December 2018 (pdf)
Minutes 18 March 2019 (pdf)

Minutes 16 September 2019 (pdf)

Minutes 18 March 2019 (pdf)

Minutes 2 December 2019 (pdf)

Minutes 2 March 2020 (pdf)

Minutes 24 August 2020 (pdf)


If you would like to become a community member on the Guraki Aboriginal Advisory Committee please complete the Application Form (pdf). You can submit your application by email to joclark@ncc.nsw.gov.au alternatively, you can send your application to:

Guraki Committee Facilitator
People and Culture
The City of Newcastle
PO Box 489
Newcastle NSW 2300

Any person wishing to submit information to the committee may contact the Facilitator by email joclark@ncc.nsw.gov.au