Monday, April 22, 2024

Australian First advisory committee for Bass Coast Shire

Bass Coast Shire Council is establishing its inaugural Australian First Peoples Advisory Committee (AFPAC).

Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Brett Tessari, said expressions of interest (EOI) to join the Committee as Community Representatives are now open.

“If you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and are keen to contribute to reconciliation at the local level, whether you are already actively involved in this space, or looking to be involved in positive community change, we would love to hear from you,” Mayor Tessari said.

He said community representatives will be selected based on their demonstrated commitment to reconciliation and/or a desire to make positive community change. Applicants need to demonstrate a strong connection to the Bass Coast region and be over 18 years of age.

There is up to six Community Representative positions available on the AFPAC.

Representatives from Council and partner agencies will also be on the Committee, ensuring a direct link between the Community and the local services it accesses across Bass Coast.

“Council is strongly committed to the ongoing process of reconciliation and building on established relationships with our local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Community,” Mayor Tessari said.

“This Committee will provide an important and respectful platform for ongoing engagement between the Community and Council, across a broad range of issues.

“It will support reconciliation and advocate for greater access to culturally appropriate services by raising awareness of Community issues, history and culture.”

Once established, the AFPAC will meet four times a year. For more information, visit or contact Council’s Aboriginal Development Officer Patrice Mahoney OAM on or 0438 688 859.

Expressions of Interest close on 11 July 2021.

Visit to complete an EOI application form.

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