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Culturally competent for Country and Community

MORE than 30 Local Land Services staff from Greater Sydney and Hunter were taken on a journey into Aboriginal customs and Country as part of Cultural Competence training recently.

Coordinated by Greater Sydney Land Services Officer (Aboriginal Communities) Den Barber, the two day workshop gave staff an immersive experience with the aim of improving ‘cultural competence’ as part of their respective roles in working with Aboriginal People and Country.

“LLS has an important role in caring for Country, just as Aboriginal people have done through their traditional customs, practices and spiritual beliefs for thousands of years, it’s important we all consider how to effectively work with Aboriginal people across the various projects we deliver while understanding and respecting their deep connection to Country,” Mr Barber said.

The training included guided tours of significant Aboriginal Place sites in the Hunter and Central Coast areas, site interpretation and cultural performances as well as an intensive workshop covering a range of topics to help staff better understand Aboriginal people, their history, culture and beliefs.

Business Development officer for Hunter LLS Tiffany Doman took part in the training, stating it was “easily the best workplace learning experience” she’d ever attended.

“I feel this training is going to stay with me for some time and have expressed to our GM just how profound an impact it had on my Hunter LLS colleagues and I,” she said.

The training was run in partnership with members of the Darkinjung and Wonnarua Aboriginal Communities, Local Aboriginal Land Councils and Callaghan Cultural Consultancy.

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