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Uluru Statement from the Heart

The City of Bayswater wholeheartedly supports the 'Uluru Statement from the Heart', adopted in 2017. We pledged this support officially in 2018, when it was endorsed by Council.

You can read the full statement here: Uluru Statement from the Heart.

The City of Bayswater acknowledges Whadjuk, Ballardong Noongar artist, James Egan for designing the artwork for the City of Bayswater, Uluru Statement from the Heart.

To show the City's full commitment to the statement, we are working to achieve the following steps:

  • Becoming a signatory to the ACOSS statement of support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart
  • Acknowledging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island People as the Traditional Owners of this country and paying respect to their ongoing spiritual and cultural connections with it
  • Recognising the need for constitutional change that goes beyond the symbolic and gives breath to the benefits that a treaty offers all Australians
  • Thanking those who gathered at the 2017 National Constitutional Convention in Uluru for their persistence and patience, under the guidance of the co-chairs of the Referendum Council, Ms Pat Anderson AO and Mr Mark Leibler AC
  • Lodging a submission to the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
  • Showing outward support by placing a framed copy of the Uluru Statement from the Heart within the City's public honorary cabinets at the entrance of the Council Chambers
  • Writing a letter of support from Council to request the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA), who advocate on behalf of 138 local governments, to embrace the Uluru Statement from the Heart
  • Writing a letter of support from Council to the Prime Minister and Federal Leader of the Opposition showing our support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

From the Heart - Indigenous Voice to Parliament Consultation

The proposals for an Indigenous Voice would provide a way for Indigenous Australians to provide advice and input on matters that are important to improve their lives. Individuals, communities and organisations are encouraged to provide feedback about what they believe the Indigenous Voice should look like

'From the Heart’ is guided by the Uluru Statement from the Heart and is calling on all organisations and individuals who are inspired by the Uluru Statement to make a submission in support of three key positions:

  1. The government must honour its election commitment to a referendum once a model for the Voice has been settled;
  2. Enabling legislation for the Voice must be passed after a referendum has been held in the next term of Parliament; and
  3. The membership model for the National Voice must ensure previously unheard Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have the same chance     of being selected as established leadership figures.

For more information on the Indigenous Voice, visit the From The Heart website

A webinar held on Monday, 1 February 2021 is available online for viewing. Further resources including Co-design Process Interim Report can be found here.

To learn more about the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the role of the Referendum Council, visit the Referendum Council website.

If you would like more information about the City’s response to the Uluru Statement from the Heart, please contact our Community Development team on (08) 9272 0658.

What is the Uluru Statement From The Heart?

"The Uluru Statement From The Heart is a message written to the Australian people from Indigenous Australians.  It is the culmination of more than a decade's work and the largest deliberative process with Indigenous people on Australia's Constitution in our nation's history.  Thirteen meetings were held across the country with a final national convention involving hundreds of delegates at our nation's physical and spiritual heart Uluru…"

Uluru Statement from the Heart signing video

To learn more about the Uluru Statement From The Heart and the three themes -  Voice,  Treaty and Truth, please go to the Uluru Statement From The Heart website.

What is the Indigenous Voice Co-Design Process?

"There have been many calls for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to have a voice…most recently, from the 2018 Joint select Committee on Constitutional    Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.  The committee recommended the Australian Government initiate a process of co-design to develop proposals for an Indigenous Voice.  The Australian Government accepted this, demonstrating a strong commitment to the process to co-design an Indigenous Voice."

(Australian Government: National Indigenous Australians Agency - Indigenous Voice Co-Design Process: Interim Report to the Australian Government, October 2020)

To learn more about the Indigenous Voice Co-Design Process, visit the National Indigenous Australians Agency's website.

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