Opportunity for Aboriginal regional partnerships to engage in Local Decision Making

Jan Barham, Greens MP and spokesperson for Aboriginal Affairs, is calling on Aboriginal community organisations to take advantage of the opportunity to take part in the NSW Government’s new Local Decision Making programme.

“I welcome the approach Minister Dominello has taken to engage Aboriginal communities and organisations in setting policy directions, including the review of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act and the development of the Government’s OCHRE plan for Aboriginal affairs,” Ms Barham said.

“A key part of the Government’s OCHRE plan is to develop models for local Aboriginal organisations to take a strong role in governance and decision making. The first round of Local Decision Making partnerships are open for expressions of interest now, with existing or newly-created partnerships able to receive support from the Government in developing their capacity for local governance.”

Ms Barham encouraged Aboriginal community organisations from all across the state to consider developing a Local Decision Making proposal. “The initial phase will involve three regional partnerships, with one each selected from urban, country and remote parts of the state.”

“Aboriginal communities must have control over the decisions that affect their wellbeing. The support and funding in this Local Decision Making programme is an opportunity for local organisations to take the lead in working with government and having a say about services that affect their community,” Ms Barham said.

Applications for the initial phase of Local Decision Making close on 25 September 2013. Details about the programme and application forms are available at http://www.aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au/local-decision-making/

For Further Comment, please contact Jan Barham directly on 0407 065 061