Lachlan McDaniel

Sydney People
Lachlan McDaniel

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel member

Lachlan McDaniel is a Wiradjuri man from southwest Sydney and one of the panel’s newest members. He has degrees in arts and law from Macquarie University. He works for Telstra, helping them engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The City created its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel in 2008. Members are from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds and advise on matters important to their communities. 

“I wanted to be part of the panel because I believe it’s important to actively contribute to the environment you live and work in. I simply wanted to make a meaningful contribution,” says Lachlan. 

“I’m currently on the Eora Journey Public Art Working Group, representing the panel. We hope to have an outstanding Acknowledgement of Country through a new artwork, Monument to the Eora, which I’m really excited to see.” 

“It’s important for an organisation like the City to have an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel. It ensures good governance. The city centre is also located at the point of British invasion. The City of Sydney should be commended for having an inbuilt mechanism that ensures First Australian voices and cultures continue to be a central feature of this part of Australia.”

There are plenty of ways to find out more about Sydney’s Aboriginal cultures and communities. NAIDOC Week is a great example. Running from 5 to 12 July, it’s an opportunity for Sydneysiders to learn more about our oldest culture.

“Keep your ears, eyes and mind open and you'll see that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities you share your home with are very similar to yours. The differences are something you should take pride in,” says Lachlan. 


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Last updated: Thursday, 18 June 2015