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Celebrating Aboriginal connection to country during NAIDOC week

Central West Local Land Services is celebrating the range of exciting and innovative cultural connection projects that are helping build relationships with local Aboriginal communities and groups.

NAIDOC Week 2017 runs from 2 to 9 July and is an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Senior Strategic Land Services Officer Aboriginal Communities Amanda Morgan said the 2017 theme of NAIDOC Week ‘our languages matter’, tied in closely with the work being undertaken by Local Land Services to help protect and strengthen Aboriginal cultural heritage.

“We recognise the importance and value of traditional knowledge in the management of natural resources and productive agricultural land,” Amanda said.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a strong social, spiritual and cultural connection with their Country.

“We have numerous Aboriginal staff who are working in partnerships with individuals and organisations, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal to deliver services to ensure that Aboriginal culture and values underline natural resource management decisions.”

Local Land Services has produced a special NAIDOC Week edition of its newsletter Local Links, which showcases the array of partnerships and projects being undertaken to support Aboriginal people to care for Country.

“The special 2017 NAIDOC Week edition of Local Links highlights 12 projects that are delivering services that support Aboriginal people throughout the state,” Amanda said.

“The newsletter outlines the work being carried out across NSW to help promote and celebrate the rich history and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.”

Among the stories featured in Local Links NAIDOC Week is an article about the identified need and ultimate development of a state-wide Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for Local Land Services which is being led by Central West.

Download a copy of the 2017 NAIDOC week edition of Local Links from www.lls.nsw.gov.au

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Media Contact: Fiona Townsend on 0428 284 252 or fiona.townsend@lls.nsw.gov.au