“Tharawal” or “Dharawal” as it is referred to in historical records refers to the original peoples of the southern and south western Sydney area from the south side of Botany Bay, around Port Hacking to the north of the Shoalhaven River (Nowra) and extending inland west to Campbelltown and Camden.

Tharawal Local Aboriginal Land Council’s key function and business is as a Land Council. Its role includes the provision of assistance to improve and foster the social, economic, physical and mental wellbeing of its members and all Aboriginal people within the Tharawal LALC boundaries.

Tharawal LALC offers a range of services, projects and facilities for utilisation by members of the broader community. These projects and services are targeted to assist Tharawal LALC members and the Aboriginal community.

I take much pleasure in inviting readers of this website to take the time to experience cultural heritage that the Tharawal Local Aboriginal Land Council has to offer its members and the broader community.

I acknowledge and pay my respect to all Aboriginal Elders, past and present, and to the families of this region.
They are the traditional custodians and cultural knowledge holders of this land.

 

 

 

Tharawal Aboriginal Land Council

Tharawal LALC is situated in the southern and south western areas of Sydney known as the Sydney Outer Region and Sydney Surrounds Region of New South Wales.

Tharawal LALC falls within the Regional Boundaries of the ALRA Sydney and Newcastle Region and the local council boundaries of the Campbelltown, Wollondilly, Camden and Liverpool Local Government Areas (LGAs). Most of the Aboriginal people live in the Campbelltown, Wollondilly and Camden LGAs.

“Tharawal” or “Dharawal” is referred to in historical records as describing the original peoples of the southern and south western Sydney area from the south side of Botany Bay, around Port Hacking to the north of the Shoalhaven River (Nowra) and extending inland west to Campbelltown and Camden.

Tharawal Local Aboriginal Land Council’s key function and business is as a Land Council. Its role includes the provision of assistance to improve and foster the social, economic, physical and mental wellbeing of its members and all Aboriginal people within the Tharawal LALC boundaries.

Tharawal LALC offers a range of services, projects and facilities for utilisation by members of the broader community. These projects and services are targeted to assist Tharawal LALC members and the Aboriginal community. Tharawal LALC tries to address the unmet needs through an extensive range of projects (see below) and ensures that access to the available services and programs are offered to all Aboriginal people living within the Tharawal LALC boundaries.

Currently, Tharawal LALC provides extensive support to the community.  It is engaged in the following activities.

  • Land acquisition and management (under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1993);
  • Identify crown land in the Tharawal LALC boundaries and claim land as appropriate.
  • Development and maintenance of housing and accommodation services;
  • Aboriginal Culture and heritage protection:  undertaking site surveys, site investigations and Cultural Heritage Assessments, undertaking site clearances, protection and preservation of Aboriginal sites, archaeological work, maintaining and updating the sites register, promoting culture and heritage through cultural activities (e.g. NAIDOC week)
  • Assisting the development of local employment strategies and Aboriginal enterprises
  • Assisting the development of community facilities and community capacity (including various social and cultural activities, including targeted support for young Aboriginal people to participate in sporting activity, NAIDOC week, etc.)
  • Assisting Aboriginal people to gain equitable access to mainstream services
  • Fund raising for local community initiatives and non-funded program costs;
  • Ongoing local, state and national networking with other Aboriginal service providers, mainstream service providers and private enterprise.
  • Involvement in community projects and initiatives to provide a focus on community needs and the strategies required to address them
  • Administration of Tharawal LALC office, training and development of Board members and staff.
  • Providing Tharawal LALC as training and meeting venue.