Meeting notes

11 September 2013

The City of Sydney's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel met at Glebe Town Hall, Glebe. Key agenda items are outlined below.

Panel discussions and community distribution

It was agreed that notes from panel meetings would be provided on the City of Sydney website.

Panel members also suggested hard copies of meeting updates be distributed to the City's town halls, libraries and community centres, and Eora and Tranby colleges. Meeting updates will also be distributed to community, and other organisations within the local area.

Redfern mural update

Panel members were advised that a community meeting with Redfern mural stakeholders and community members would take place on 17 September 2013 at the Redfern Community Centre. 

State Rail commissioned the '40,000 years' mural at Redfern railway sation and would like the community’s help to find more information about the mural and its connection to the Redfern community. The intention is to document the history of the artwork and determine its future preservation.

Eora Journey – A signature event

Corroboree Festival director Hetti Perkins and Corroboree Working Group chair Michael McDaniel, also director of the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney attended the meeting.

Ms Perkins confirmed the dates of the Corroboree Festival: 14–24 November 2013. She presented the festival website and discussed the branding and marketing of Corroboree.

The Corroboree Festival is supported by 9 partnering organisations including Bangarra Dance Theatre, Art Gallery of NSW, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australian Museum, The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, the State Library NSW, Sydney Opera House, Black Fella Films and Koori Radio.

Each institution will present events and most events will be free. The patron of the Corroboree Festival is the Governor of NSW, Marie Bashir, and the central hub for the festival will be at Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay.

Ms Perkins gave an overview of the program that commences with the Gurung Kids Parade on 14 November 2013 from Hyde Park North to the grounds of Government House. On Friday 15 November, the ceremonial opening of the festival will be centred on the lighting of the Corroboree Firelight, commissioned by artist Jonathan Jones. The Corroboree Firelight is inspired by the night fishing practices in traditional nowey (canoes) and the symbol of fire and light as a meeting place. 

A Black Arts Market will be held on the opening weekend of 16–17 November, including a weekend of interactive workshops with Indigenous artists. All market stalls will be provided free of charge with subsidies provided towards travel and accommodation for regional stall holders.

At night, the Corroboree Club will entertain guests with performance, comedy and musical acts from across Australia.

On the final weekend, 23–24 November, Corroboree Studio will feature workshops for writers, artists, theatre and master classes for adults and children. Koori Radio will bring a broadcast van onsite as well as NITV to film the event for archival purposes. A premiere screening of Warwick Thornton’s film 'The Darkside' has also been scheduled.

Ms Perkins said that this event is about supporting Sydney and NSW artists and businesses, and there will be special events and activities for Elders every morning.

Other business

Sydney Festival

Sydney Festival director Lieven Bertels, special projects officer Loretta Busby and head of programming Fiona Winning provided the panel with an update for the Sydney Festival, to be held 9–26 January 2014.

Mr Bertels provided an overview of the festival, which will continue to be opened with 'Welcome to Country'. He outlined plans for a new festival precinct concept called the Festival Village in Hyde Park that will be activated both day and night. Other festival events include:

  • Sydney Town Hall will feature 'Club Paradiso' and the Malian Musicians will perform.
  • The Sydney Opera House will stage 'Black Diggers' by Wesley Enoch, a collection of stories from Indigenous soldiers who served in WWI, and '100 Million Nights' by Daniel Boyd.
  • Carriageworks will feature 'The Shadow King', an Indigenous version of King Lear, a dance/electronic music performance by Gudir Gudir as well as an art installation called 'Chance' by Christian Boltanski.

Mr Bertels also announced that Sydney Festival has launched its Sydney Festival Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

Ms Busby provided copies of the plan to the panel and Ms Winning explained that Indigenous interns and staff were being placed with the festival for 1 year.

Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain plans

Cox Richardson Architects director Ian Connolly and Kathy Jones Associates project director Natalie Boyd presented the draft master plan for the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Domain to the panel, which is the first master plan to be produced in 180 years.

The plan sets out principles to enhance the area and sets up an implementation process. The master plan should be completed by January/February 2014.

Mr Connolly said the engagement process had begun with stakeholders, residents and organisations, and 130 people who had completed an online survey. He invited the panel to join a site walk, which is to be confirmed.

General business

Panel members agreed that an extraordinary panel meeting will be held on 22 October 2013 in the Finance Room, Sydney Town Hall.

Last updated: Tuesday, 26 November 2013