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Woollahra Municipal Council Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Protocols and Guidelines

The Woollahra Municipal Council Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Protocols and Guidelines have been developed with the support and advice of the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council. They are intended to offer Council staff and community members some insight into Indigenous cultural protocols, Reconciliation and the rich Indigenous history of the Country that the Woollahra Local Government Area encompasses. They are not intended to replace engagement with the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council or the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

A walk through history: in the footsteps of the Gadigal people

Woollahra Council acknowledges that we are on the land of the Gadigal and Birrabirragal people, the traditional custodians of the land. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and acknowledge Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people living in, working in, or visiting Woollahra.

The local area is rich in evidence of early Aboriginal history. There are over 70 sites including 13 midden sites, 29 rock engraving and numerous shelters, many with axe grinding grooves where stone tools were made and sharpened. Some sites are in private gardens: others are in parks and public areas, with a number along coastal walks and the harbour foreshore.

Parkland and foreshore areas have preserved much of the vegetation that provided the "kitchen gardens" used by the original inhabitants.

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