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Central Highlands Regional Council respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands across the Central Highlands.

We value cultural diversity in our region, and view Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and heritage as integral in a shared national identity. We have a strong commitment to building inclusive and vibrant communities.

Council is committed to provide services and opportunities that are respectful and accessible to all members of the community.

As our reconciliation journey evolves new information will be added.

  • Indigenous Polo Shirt Design Competition

    All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists who live in the Central Highlands region are invited to submit artwork for the CHRC Indigenous Polo Shirt Design Competition.

    The winning artwork will be used to produce an Indigenous polo shirt which will be available for purchase by council staff and the general public.

    The competition is open to Indigenous artists of all ages and is an opportunity to have their winning artwork widely recognised across the Central Highlands.

    The winning artist will receive $1,000 prize money and a 2020 Indigenous polo shirt featuring their design.

    Artwork submitted must be the artist’s own work and reflect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

    Entries will be received between Monday 7 September and Thursday 10 September 2020 and entries close 5.00 pm, Thursday 10 September.

    All submitted entries will be displayed at the Emerald Art Gallery and copies of the work will be available at all Central Highlands libraries. The winning entry will be decided by a People’s Choice voting system with community members able to vote for their favourite entry by visiting the gallery or any of the library branches.

    Art work will be on display between Monday 14 September and Thursday 1 October with voting closing on Wednesday 23 September.

    Download an entry form here.

    For more information contact Nikki Pickering on (07) 4986 8483 or via email: npickering@chrc.qld.gov.au.

     

     

  • Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan

    Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-2020 – Adopted March 2019

    Our reconciliation action plan ensures that Central Highlanders are respectful of the tradition and culture of its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community that make up 6.4% of the population. It is a plan for the past, the present and the future.

    As a vibrant community that is welcoming of all people, this plan shows that a strong commitment to the Indigenous history of this region makes it inherently a better community to build a future.

  • Native title and cultural heritage

    Native title is the recognition that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have rights and interests to land and waters according to their traditional law and customs as set out in Australian Law. Native Title is governed by the Native Title Act 1993 (Commonwealth).

    According to the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act of 2003, Aboriginal cultural heritage is anything that is:

    • a significant Aboriginal area in Queensland; or
    • a significant Aboriginal object; or
    • evidence, of archaeological or historic significance, of Aboriginal occupation of an area of Queensland.
  • Resources

    Reconciliation Australia has a large range of useful resources to assist you on your learning journey.

    Some helpful fact sheets:

    There are also many wonderful indigenous documentaries you can host a screening of available here.

All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists who live in the Central Highlands region are invited to submit artwork for the CHRC Indigenous Polo Shirt Design Competition.

The winning artwork will be used to produce an Indigenous polo shirt which will be available for purchase by council staff and the general public.

The competition is open to Indigenous artists of all ages and is an opportunity to have their winning artwork widely recognised across the Central Highlands.

The winning artist will receive $1,000 prize money and a 2020 Indigenous polo shirt featuring their design.

Artwork submitted must be the artist’s own work and reflect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

Entries will be received between Monday 7 September and Thursday 10 September 2020 and entries close 5.00 pm, Thursday 10 September.

All submitted entries will be displayed at the Emerald Art Gallery and copies of the work will be available at all Central Highlands libraries. The winning entry will be decided by a People’s Choice voting system with community members able to vote for their favourite entry by visiting the gallery or any of the library branches.

Art work will be on display between Monday 14 September and Thursday 1 October with voting closing on Wednesday 23 September.

Download an entry form here.

For more information contact Nikki Pickering on (07) 4986 8483 or via email: npickering@chrc.qld.gov.au.

 

 

Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-2020 – Adopted March 2019

Our reconciliation action plan ensures that Central Highlanders are respectful of the tradition and culture of its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community that make up 6.4% of the population. It is a plan for the past, the present and the future.

As a vibrant community that is welcoming of all people, this plan shows that a strong commitment to the Indigenous history of this region makes it inherently a better community to build a future.

Native title is the recognition that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have rights and interests to land and waters according to their traditional law and customs as set out in Australian Law. Native Title is governed by the Native Title Act 1993 (Commonwealth).

According to the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act of 2003, Aboriginal cultural heritage is anything that is:

  • a significant Aboriginal area in Queensland; or
  • a significant Aboriginal object; or
  • evidence, of archaeological or historic significance, of Aboriginal occupation of an area of Queensland.

Reconciliation Australia has a large range of useful resources to assist you on your learning journey.

Some helpful fact sheets:

There are also many wonderful indigenous documentaries you can host a screening of available here.

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