Liverpool Council and Aboriginal Land Council reach historic park agreement

Two of Liverpool city's parks will soon feature Aboriginal themes, designs and features.

Liverpool Council and Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council have signed a Deed of Agreement to become co-creators and co-managers of Apex Park, Liverpool and Phillips Park, Lurnea.

The parklands planning is the first of its kind in terms of partnerships between local councils and local Aboriginal land councils in south west Sydney.

Liverpool mayor Waller said the signing of the deed was a 'momentous occasion' that formalises a meaningful agreement of these sites.

"Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council and Liverpool City Council will work together to incorporate Aboriginal themes, designs and features into these parks," Cr Waller said.

Representatives of both councils met at an official signing ceremony on December 4, 2020 at Bigge Park Liverpool to mark the historic occasion.

Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council chairperson Tony Scholes and chief executive Melissa Williams were present with Cr Waller and the council's chief executive Dr Eddie Jackson.

Mr Scholes opened the event by commending the Deed of Agreement as it represented a "spirit of co-operation, mutual respect and shared desire to ensure that all benefit equally from the land we share."

While Ms Williams said the Deed of Agreement demonstrated "Liverpool City Council's engagement with Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council on the delivery of employment opportunities for our local Aboriginal community and the recognition of Aboriginal history and culture".

Ms Williams also said the occasion represented a new chapter in the relationship between both councils.

Planning has already begun to co-create Aboriginal garden areas at Apex Park, which recently reopened after a $1.9 million upgrade, and at Phillips Park at Lurnea - a $16.2 million multi-purpose community hub.

Cr Waller and Mr Scholes both commended Ms Williams for her efforts to initiate this deal.

"Melissa Williams has been instrumental in ensuring that the Deed of Agreement came to fruition," Mr Scholes said.

"Her passion, dedication and hard work had paid off in an incredible act of partnership between the Councils"

Representatives from both councils will meet this year to further their planning activities on the parklands.

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