New members for Toowoomba Regional Council’s (TRC) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee (ATSIAC) have been named.
After establishing the ATSIAC in the last term of Council, TRC Finance and Business Strategy Committee Chair, and ATSIAC Chair, Cr Geoff McDonald said it was important the Committee continued the progress made since 2018.
“We first began this Committee with the purpose of providing leadership and direction on the interests of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” Cr McDonald.
“We realised there was a missing link in our community and set the group up to open communication lines further.
“I’ve seen a number of ways we’ve helped bridge this gap already but this is something we need to continue to progress which is why it’s exciting to have members chosen for this Committee.
“With these new members we will continue to offer advice around fostering leadership and direction on Indigenous issues to Council.”
The following persons were appointed as community members on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee: Deb Anderson, Noeleen Dempsey, Amee Hetherington, Shandell Washington, Kay Blades, Caitlin Easton, Judy Hobson, Adam Wenitong, Kieren Gibbs and Roger Robinson.
The following persons were appointed as Aboriginal representatives on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee: Regina Munn (Bigamul Peoples), Averil Dillon (Barunggam Peoples), Tracy McLeod (Western Wakka Peoples) and Margaret McCarthy (Yuggera Ugarapul Peoples).
Council will have two representatives on the Committee with Cr McDonald as Chair and Cr Megan O’Hara Sullivan as the Deputy Chair.