Recognising Aboriginal landmark anniversaries

THE important historical anniversaries of the 1967 Referendum (50-years) and the landmark Mabo decision in the High Court (25-years) were recognised recently when the Clarence City Council hosted a special evening at Rosny Farm.

The event, supported by the Australian Federal Government, was part of National Reconciliation Week.

‘Time and Tide: Steps to Reconciliation’ brought together prominent Tasmanian Aboriginal voices, short film and music in a refreshing evening that recanted personal stories and delved into recent history.

The evening featured music performed by renowned Tasmanian singer/songwriter Dewayne Everettsmith, a presentation by Australian Reconciliation Council committee member Bill Lawson and storytelling by Tasmanian Aboriginal elder Jim Everett.

Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman acknowledged the prominence of the occasion.

“It is important for Council to recognise these significant milestones and build a pathway that continues to value the Aboriginal people as the original inhabitants of our land,” he said.

“It was a privilege to host some of Tasmania’s most respected Aboriginal community members on this occasion.”

Bill Lawson, from the Australian Reconciliation Council Committee, spoke about the need to continue discussions in this area.

“The 1967 Referendum and the successful Mabo case have been instrumental in opening discussions on topics that had been long ignored,” Mr Lawson said.

“With changing times in Australia, the discussion we all need to have remains unfinished business.

“This event hosted by the Clarence City Council demonstrates the leadership and goodwill in continuing this important discussion.”

Caption: Tasmanian singer/songwriter Dewayne Everettsmith.