The lands of the six cities are located on the ancestral and unceded homelands of the Awabakal, Bediagal, Birrabirrigal, Borogegal, Burramattagal, Darkinjung, Darramurragal, Dharawal, Dharug, Gadigal, Gahbrogal, Gamaragal, Garigal and Gayamaygal, Gundungarra, Gweagal, Wallumedegal, Wandi Wandian, Wangal, Wategoro, Weymaly, Wodi Wodi, Wonnarua, Worimi and Yuin peoples.
Learn about the Embedded First Nations Voice Region Shaper in the Six Cities Region Discussion Paper.
If you are interested in participating in future events and conversations, please reach out to our Senior Engagement Manager – First Nations at email@example.com
First Nations Advisory Panel
The Greater Cities Commission has established its inaugural First Nations Advisory Panel, chaired by Social Commissioner, Natalie Walker, a Kuku Yalanji woman from the Daintree Rainforest. The Panel is an important part of the Commission’s recognition of First Nations peoples’ ongoing custodianship of the land and the need to embed their wisdom and learnings into city planning.
Through lived experiences, cultural awareness and knowledge as a First Nations person, the Greater Cities Commission First Nations Advisory Panel members will help identify strategic issues in the planning system that work against First Nations peoples' aspirations and will provide advice regarding system-level change to address these challenges.
The Panel’s members represent the Commission’s thematic areas of focus – Social, Environment and Economic, and will contribute to the development of the Commission’s 2023 Region Plan and the six City Plans for the Lower Hunter and Greater Newcastle City, the Central Coast City, the Illawarra-Shoalhaven City, the Western Parkland City, the Central River City and the Eastern Harbour City.