Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander information
Australia’s First Peoples
Australia’s First Peoples have walked these lands for more than 60,000 years. We know that First Nation Aboriginal people are the oldest surviving culture in the world. Mackay Regional Council respects the First Peoples who are the Yuwibara – who are the traditional custodians of the lands that cover our region. We also acknowledge all other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who call our region home.
Council’s Commitment to Reconciliation
Council, through our Reconciliation Action Plan, acknowledges the values, history and culture or our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Our aim is to develop stronger relationships with the traditional custodian of our land, Relationships that are firmly anchored by the principal of mutual respect. We will work with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to protect and promote our region, and celebrate our histories.
In 2014, Mackay Regional Council, was one of the first Queensland local governments to develop a Reconciliation Acton Plan (RAP). With the guidance and support of Reconciliation Australia Council’s second RAP was endorsed in May 2019. Mackay Regional Council’s RAP Working Group comprises of Traditional Custodian representative, Council Staff (including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff members), external Stakeholders (community and State Government). The purpose of the Working group is to operate as a key reference group to Council and create opportunities to increase understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and supporting the reconciliation process.