I acknowledge my local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group, which provides advice; promotes respect, empowerment and self-determination; participates in collaborative consultation; and advocates for cultural affirmation to ensure that the diverse and unique identities of Aboriginal students, teachers, families and local areas are recognised and valued.
I acknowledge the Indigenous communities that I represent: the Darug and Gundungurra peoples.
Ngarra Wingarru is the Blue Mountains group, which meets each school term. I attended a recent meeting at Faulconbridge Public School and was impressed with the large attendance. The school library was filled to capacity with interested and engaged people.
I thank some of our former and current committee members and those who are important educative connection points in our community.
These people are instrumental in sharing knowledge, stories and resources in working collaboratively with our community at large: Jacinta Tobin, Charmaine Tully, Ian Frape, Uncle Graeme and Emma Le Marquand.