Aboriginal groups welcomed to policy table

INDIGENOUS community organisations have the opportunity to have a say in a review of aboriginal land rights and the development of Aboriginal affairs.

The NSW Government has set up a new Local Decision Making program, which aims to engage Aboriginal communities and origanisations on policy making.

Jan Barham, Greens spokesperson for Aboriginal Affairs, said a key part of the program codenamed OCHRE is developing models for local Aboriginal organisations to take a strong role in governance.

"Aboriginal communities must have control over the decisions that affect their wellbeing," Ms Barham said.

"The support and funding in this Local Decision Making programme is an opportunity for local organisations to take the lead in working with government and having a say about services that affect their community.

The first round of Local Decision Making partnerships are open for expressions of interest now with existing or newly-created partnerships able to receive support from the government in developing their capacity for local governance.

The initial phase will involve three regional partnerships, with one each selected from urban, country and remote parts of NSW.

Applications for the initial phase of Local Decision Making close on September 25.

Details and application forms are available online

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