Bellingen Shire Council is committed to promoting mutual respect and harmony between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in the Shire.
A Welcome to Country acknowledges customary laws and has been a part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures for thousands of years. It provides visitors with an opportunity to enter community with safe passage and spiritual protection during the journey.
The purpose of Local Aboriginal Land Councils is to improve, protect and foster the best interests of all Aboriginal people in the Council's area and other persons who are members of the Council.
Aboriginal places and objects are an important part of the rich heritage of Bellingen Shire, providing links to culture, environment and knowledge for local Aboriginal communities.
Native title is the recognition by Australian law that Aboriginal people have rights and interests to their land that come from their traditional laws and customs.
National NAIDOC Week celebrations happen across Australia in the first week of July each year. They celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
National Reconciliation Week - which runs from 27 May to 3 June every year - is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.