Mungo MacCallum and Thomas Mayor hold up
the Uluru statement at Brunswick Heads on Saturday, March 25. Photo
Byron Shire Council has shown its support for genuine
constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
people at its June meeting by unanimously supporting a Mayoral
Minute to support the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
The Statement from the Heart came from the First Nations
National Constitutional Convention which has held in May 2017 at
Uluru in the Northern Territory.
The Convention saw more than 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander leaders from around Australia discuss constitutional
The Uluru Statement from the Heart is such a moving and powerful
document that challenges us, as a nation, to move forward and I
think it is entirely appropriate that our Council has publicly
declared its support, Mayor Richardson said.
Its important to note that the Statement from the Heart goes
beyond changes to the constitution, he said.
It looks at legislative change with the establishment of the
Makarrata Commission which would supervise a process of
agreement-making with the Australian Government and truth-telling
about our history and colonisation.
The Statement was the largest ever consensus of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander people on a proposal for substantive
recognition and, on behalf of Byron Shire Council, I am proud to
support the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
We believe it should be a national priority, Mayor Richardson
The last sentence of the Statement invites us to walk with a
movement of the Australian people for a better future.
Byron Shire Council accepts the invitation, Mayor Richardson
For more information contact Byron Shire Mayor, Simon
Richardson, on 0427 076 834.
Uluru Statement from the Heart
We, gathered at the 2017 National
Constitutional Convention, coming from all points of the southern
sky, make this statement from the heart:
Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tribes were the first
sovereign Nations of the Australian continent and its adjacent
islands, and possessed it under our own laws and customs. This our
ancestors did, according...