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Principles of Cooperation between the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council and North Sydney Council

Category: Event
Date: 17 March 2006
Sub Category:Statement of Commitment/Intention
Location:Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Alternative Names:
  • Principles of Cooperation between Metro and North Sydney Council
  • Subject Matter:Collaboration / Partnership | Local Government | Recognition Agreement / Acknowledgement | Reconciliation | Employment and Training | Tourism | Economic Development
    URL: http://www.northsydney.nsw.gov.au/resources/documents/AbrLandCncl_PrinciplesofCooperation.pdf
    Summary Information:


    The Principles of Cooperation agreement between the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (Metro) and North Sydney Council ('the Agreement') was signed by the Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council and by the Mayor and General Manager of North Sydney Council on 17 March 2006.

    Through signing, the parties agree to:
    '1. Actively work together to foster reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people;
    2. Actively work together to promote an increased understanding of Aboriginal culture;
    3. Establish and maintain open and transparent two-way communications and consultation between their two organisations; [and]
    4. Establish a framework for considering development proposals affecting Metro interests that is consistent with the North Sydney Council's duties and obligations under all relevant laws' (Principles of Cooperation).

    The Agreement is the fifth such agreement signed between Metro and Councils in its area. Metro's 'aim is to sign a Principles of Cooperation Agreement with every Council within [its] boundaries' (see Metro 2006b).

    Principles of Cooperation agreements are designed to create 'formal communication, consultation and negotiation processes between Metro' and each Council involved. They 'also [open] the way for possible future cross cultural training and joint community development initiatives' (see, eg, ABC 2005; Warringah Council 2005).
    Detailed Information:


    Supporting Statements

    The Supporting Statements to the Agreement recognise that 'good communication, consultation and an agreed framework for negotiating development is essential' because of the 'major stakeholder status of the parties'. The statements outline the recognised roles, priorities and constraints of the parties and the need for communication and a framework regarding 'development proposals affecting Aboriginal interests'. Through the Agreement, the parties 'will foster reconciliation' and 'will endeavour to recognise and promote understanding of the custodial obligations, spiritual and cultural ties of [Metro]'.

    Coordination Committee

    To assist with its implementation, the Agreement provides for the establishment of a Coordination Committee, consisting of the Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of Metro, the Lord Mayor and General Manager of North Sydney Council and other agreed nominees. The Committee will meet to resolve disputes and issues relating to implementation of the Agreement and could consider 'cross-cultural training and joint community development initiatives'.

    Related Entries

    Organisation
  • Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council - Signatory
  • North Sydney Council - Signatory
  • Event
  • Principles of Cooperation between the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council and the City of Sydney
  • Principles of Cooperation between the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council and Willoughby City Council
  • Principles of Cooperation between the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council and Mosman Municipal Council
  • Principles of Cooperation between the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council and Lane Cove Council
  • Principles of Cooperation between the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council and Warringah Council
  • Principles of Cooperation between the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council and Leichhardt Council

  • References

    Resource
    Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (2006) Local Government Areas
    Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (2006) Events
    Aboriginal Support Group - Manly Warringah Pittwater (ASGMWP) (2006) Principles of Cooperation: North Sydney Council's Signing Ceremony
    Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council and North Sydney Council (2006) Principles of Cooperation
    ABC Message Stick Online (2006) NSW: Willoughby takes step forward on reconciliation
    Warringah Council (2005) Warringah Council shows the way on reconciliation

    Glossary

    Statement of Commitment/Intention (Australia)

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