Mackay Regional Council acknowledges the Traditional custodians of this land, and recognises the cultural diversity of our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Council is committed to creating innovative opportunities by building stronger relationships, mutual respect and encourages cultural practices that strengthen and support harmony between Mackay's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader community.
Council values the input from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples into decision making processes at a local level and encourages their active participation.
Significant Dates celebrated by local Mackay's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community
> May 26 - National Sorry Day
National Sorry Day is commemorated to honour the Stolen generations.
> National Reconciliation Week - May 27 - 3 June 3
Celebrates the rich culture and history of the First Australians. It is an opportunity to think about how we can contribute to alleviating the disadvantage experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
> Mabo Day - June 3
Mabo Day, held on June 3, marks the anniversary of the High Court's historic decision on native title.
> Coming of the Light - July 1
Coming of the Light, held on July 1, marks the day when the London Missionary Society arrived in the Torres Strait for the first time. Religious and cultural ceremonies a held by Torres Strait Islanders to commemorate this day.
> National NAIDOC Week - July 2-9
National NAIDOC Week, held from the first Sunday to the second Sunday in July, is observed to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Directory
> Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Community Health Service (ATSICHS)
31-33 Victoria Street, Mackay Qld 4740
Telephone: (07) 4957 9400
> Aboriginal Hostel Mackay
49-53 Boddington Street, Mackay 4740
Telephone: (07) 4953 3703
> Binga Birry Justice Group
Telephone: Mobile 0400 071 627
> Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP) - North Queensland Region
Julie Manaway, Senior Project Officer
Ground Floor, Verde Central, 44 Nelson Street, Mackay Qld 4740
PO Box 1533, Mackay Qld 4740
Telephone: (07) 4862 7001 / Mobile 0408 301 628
> Mackay Coloured Co-operative Housing
Level 1, 60 Victoria Street, Mackay Qld 4740
Telephone: (07) 4957 3635
> Mackay Aboriginal and Islander Justice Alternatives Group (MAIJAG)
Level 1, D Block
CQU City Campus
Alfred Street Mackay Qld 4740
PO Box 3687 North Mackay Qld 4740
Telephone: (07) 4951 1870 / Mobile 0437 115 157
> MARABISDA Inc / Piccaninny Foster and Kinship Care Service
CQU City Campus, D Block
Alfred Street, Mackay Qld 4740
Telephone: (07) 4829 4704 / Mobile 0422 832 160
> Mudth-Niyleta Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation
35 Central Street, Sarina Qld 4737
PO Box 460 Sarina 4737
Telephone: (07) 4956 2509
> Yamadi Lera Yumi Meta HACC Program
Level 1, 46 Macalister Street, Mackay Qld 4740
Telephone: (07) 4957 8121
> Yuibera Aboriginal Corporation
CQU City Campus, D Block
Alfred Street, Mackay Qld 4740
Telephone: 07 48470421
> Yuwibara Aboriginal Corporation
P.O. Box 821
Chairperson: (M) 0476512058
Secretary: (M) 0467512532
Binbi Tok Olgeta - Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander Interagency Group
Binbi Tok Olgeta aims to support Government and non-Government agencies and services to achieve their outcomes through better regional engagement and coordination. Binbi Tok Olgeta involves Commonwealth, State and Local Governments, non-Government agencies and businesses working together for the Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander communities of the Mackay and Whitsunday region.
Binbi Tok Olgeta objectives are:-
- To lead and advise on the development and implementation of policy and programs targeted to the Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander residents of the Mackay/Whitsunday region, in partnership with Government agencies and those Indigenous and Australian South Sea Islander people.
- To establish collaborative partnerships between Government and non-Government agencies and the corporate sector towards the provision and delivery of services to Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander people residing in the Mackay/Whitsunday region.
- To develop strategies to support effective community engagement with Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander communities and individuals in the Mackay/Whitsunday district including the accessibility and understanding of government processes and information.
- Provide a regional community engagement mechanism that communicates current and future reforms across government sectors, such as the ‘Closing The Gap’ Federal and State Governments reform agenda .
- To identify opportunities for more effective, efficient and engaged approaches to the delivery of Government and non-Government services to the Aboriginal, Torres Strait islander and Australian South Sea Islander communities residing in the Mackay/Whitsunday district.
Face to face meetings are held every eight (8) weeks. Other meetings and activities are conducted as required. Remaining meetings for 2016 are June 7, August 2, October 4, December 6.
Any agencies interested in attending a Binbi Tok Olgeta meeting or wanting more information can contact the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Mackay Office on (07) 4862 7001.
Recognition of Australia's First People website
The website provides factual background to the proposed referendum and access to a range of articles by prominent Australians both for and against constitutional recognition.
Getting in touch
There are a number of groups in Mackay working with and representing the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
If you wish to get in touch with these groups you can use council’s Community Development Officer (Portfolio Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community) as a first point of reference to provide you with the most up to date contacts.
We also have networking meetings and email lists you can be added to to keep you in the loop.
Contact us today for more information:
Phone: 4961 9435