The Tubbagah People of the Wiradjuri Nation are Dubbo’s traditional owners.
With Aboriginal people making up 12.5% of the local population (2011 Census), you’ll find many iconic events, sites and landmarks across the City that represent Aboriginal tradition and heritage.
The development of an MOU with the Dubbo Aboriginal Community was endorsed by Western Plains Regional Council (formerly Dubbo City Council) on 23 April 2007 and the Dubbo Aboriginal Community Working Party on 1 May 2007. The MOU seeks to achieve common goals to advance reconciliation and to apply the citizenship rights of the Dubbo Aboriginal Community.
Western Plains Regional Council acknowledges the Dubbo Aboriginal Community Working Party as the representative body for the Dubbo Aboriginal Community. It is also recorded that the Dubbo Aboriginal Community Working Party has membership from many different Aboriginal Nations and Language Groups.
The museum and galleries of the Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo, showcase indigenous artworks and capture the history of the Tubbagah People.
See the traditions of the first Australians at the Terramungamine Reserve, including examples of Aboriginal grinding grooves used by the Tubbagah People of the Wiradjuri tribe to sharpen tools.
Alec Riley was the first Aboriginal police tracker to reach the rank of sergeant and to receive the King’s Medal. The Tracker Riley Cycleway, which weaves around the Macquarie River in Dubbo, is named after him.
David Peachey, an Aboriginal man who was born, bred and educated in Dubbo, became one of Australia’s greatest footballers and advocates for underprivileged and indigenous youth. In this interview, Peachey explains why he loves Dubbo: Remember where you came from, with football legend David Peachey
The Dubbo Koori Interagency (now known as Dubbo Koori Interagency Network or Dubbo KIN) was formed 10 years ago by Aboriginal people working within the public sector as a way of sharing information with other agencies. Over the years it has developed into one of the main contacts for government and non-government agencies for the Dubbo Aboriginal community.
Dubbo Regional Council recognises the unique position of Aboriginal people in our culture and history.
Dubbo Regional Council on behalf of the people of Dubbo, is committed to the process of genuine recognition of the truth of Australia’s history, and addressing the disadvantage that Aboriginal people continue to face today.
Aboriginal people are the original owners of the land and it is important that this special position of Aboriginal people is recognised and incorporated into official protocol to enable the wider community to share in Aboriginal culture and facilitate better relationships between Aboriginal people and the general community.
Official events and ceremonies engage the attention of participants, observers and the broader community. These events also symbolise the values of our community and the way we envision ourselves.
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