Category Archives: Indigenous Affairs

Council’s response to proposal for Pemulwuy Cooks River Trail

Map of proposed Pemulwuy Cooks River Trail

On 15 August 2018, the Cooks River Valley Association (CRVA) lodged a petition with Inner West Council that called for the establishment of a Pemulwuy Cooks River Trail.1

A letter, dated 2 November 2018, was issued by Council in response to CRVA’s petition. The letter noted that Council had engaged Tocomwall Aboriginal Consultancy “to undertake a critical investigation into the Gadigal and Wangal landscape” and that the “aim of this investigation is to build a wider and clearer understanding of the former landscape including the flora, the fauna, Aboriginal history, culture and heritage of the Inner West Local Government Area.”2 Continue reading Council’s response to proposal for Pemulwuy Cooks River Trail

Pemulwuy Cooks River Trail Petition

‘Living by the River’ site in Warren Park

The Cooks River Valley Association (CRVA), with assistance from Gallipoli Centenary Peace Campaign (GCPC), has collected nearly 60 signatures on a petition that calls for the establishment of a Pemulwuy Cooks River Trail.

The signatures were mainly collected at two events that were held in Marrickville during April and May 2018.  These events were the Anzac Day Reflection held on April 25, 2018 in Richardson’s Lookout – Marrickville Peace Park and the National Sorry Day Walk along the Cooks River on May 26, 2018. Continue reading Pemulwuy Cooks River Trail Petition

National Sorry Day Walk – 26th May 2018

Jennifer Newman (Photo by Anand Lohorung)*

To observe National Sorry Day in Marrickville this year, the Cooks River Valley Association (CRVA), supported by the Gallipoli Centenary Peace Campaign, organised a walk along the Cooks River on Saturday May 26. The event attracted close to 40 people, including members of the Wiradjuri community from central NSW and a number of local Nepalese people.

This year’s Sorry Day Walk was led by Jennifer Newman (CRVA’s Vice-President and local Wiradjuri woman) and was divided into three stages. Continue reading National Sorry Day Walk – 26th May 2018

Consultation on an Appropriate Frontier War Memorial

Prof. Lyndall Ryan – mapping frontier massacres

At its Ordinary Council Meeting on 13 February 2018, the Inner West Council adopted the following motion entitled ‘Mayoral Minute: Initiating Consultation about an Appropriate Frontier War Memorial’:

THAT:
1. Council consult with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Strategic Reference Group, the Metro Land Council and further representatives from the local community about the need, form and location of a Frontier War memorial;
2. A report be brought back to council outlin(ing) the results of this consultation; and
3. The report should draw from international examples and research. Continue reading Consultation on an Appropriate Frontier War Memorial

Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week observed in Marrickville

Some Sorry Day Walk participants in Marrickville Peace Park.

To observe both National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week, the Cooks River Valley Association (CRVA), supported by Gallipoli Centenary Peace Campaign, organised a walk along the Cooks River on Saturday 27 May.

National Sorry Day is a day that pays tribute to the Stolen Generations and their families. This year it commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Bringing Them Home Report which was tabled in Federal Parliament on 26 May 1997. Continue reading Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week observed in Marrickville

National Sorry Day 2016

Sorry Day 2016A candle lit walk along the Cooks River in Marrickville was held to observe National Sorry Day1 on the evening of Thursday May 26. Organised by the Cooks River Valley Association (CRVA) and supported by Gallipoli Centenary Peace Campaign, the walk began at Richardson’s Lookout – Marrickville Peace Park and concluded in Steel Park. Continue reading National Sorry Day 2016