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News | The Commission has established its inaugural First Nations Advisory Panel to help identify strategic issues in the planning system that work against First Nations people's aspirations and to provide advice regarding system-level change to address these challenges.

Bringing their lived experiences, cultural awareness and knowledge as a First Nations person, the Panel 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.

The Greater Cities Commission’s Social Commissioner, Natalie Walker, a Kuku Yalanji woman from the Daintree Rainforest and Chair of the Panel, noted the Panel’s work would be essential to the Commission achieving its vision of more inclusive and equitable cities.  

“The Greater Cities Commission is delivering a multi-city region which is home to more than half of the First Nations population of New South Wales. Understanding the diversity of these people, their culture and perspectives is critical to enable truth telling, recording of evidence about past actions and educating our communities on the culture, heritage, and history of our people,” said Ms Walker.

Learn more about the Greater Cities Commission’s First Nations Advisory Panel members.