October 15 2020
Two major Aboriginal community-controlled organisations in the Lake Macquarie and Hunter region have committed to work together to provide a culturally safe Aged Care facility for their elderly community into the future.
Thursday 15 October 2020, Awabakal Ltd and Biraban Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) signed an historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will pave the way forward to explore common economic, social, and cultural goals for the Aboriginal community of the Lake Macquarie and Hunter region.
Biraban LALC will provide the land for the aged care facility and Awabakal will provide the medical care and services to the growing Indigenous community.
Biraban LALC Chair Mr Edward Smith said the partnership is significant.
“This MoU will officially bring together an Aboriginal landowner in Biraban Local Aboriginal Land Council and a strong Aboriginal service provider in Awabakal Ltd. Together, we can ensure that our community and Elders are cared for in a culturally safe environment.”
Awabakal Ltd Deputy Chair Raymond Smith said the MoU is a positive step forward.
“As the leading provider of medical services for our people, Awabakal is excited to partner with Biraban in developing a unique facility for our Elders and community. And as we begin to scope the development’s potential, we’ll also explore partnerships and opportunities with other Indigenous organisations.”
The NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) Councillor for the region Abie Wright was integral in supporting the partnership between the two organisations and the growth potential underpinned by the MoU.
“I am excited that Biraban LALC and Awabakal Ltd are committed to working together to provide the aged care facility for our Elders, who are vital to our community.
“It’s an important part of my ongoing goals as Councillor, to help foster stronger relationships and achieve positive economic, cultural and social outcomes for the Aboriginal community in my region.”