Elected a Leichhardt Ward Councillor on 9 September 2017 (Leichhardt Ward renamed Gulgadya Ward in December 2018)
Marghanita da Cruz wants to build a community with good footpaths to public transport, community centres and green spaces. Facilities to help us lead active lives. An environment in which we look after our waterways, and harness energy from the sun and wind.
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Carols in Pioneer Park, 16 December 2018
Rehearsal, Leichhardt Town Hall 15 Dec 2018
Sydney Bollywood at Surjit's Restaurant, Parramatta Rd Annandale
Jamie Parker & Jenny Leong addressing Anti-Westconnex Dive Site Rally
The Museums Galleries Australia Indigenous Roadmap project is a Catalyst-funded initiative to facilitate discussion on how best to advance the participation and representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in museums and galleries....more
C1218(1) Item 4 Aboriginal Frontier War Memorial
1. Endorse the recommendations from the Aboriginal community to reflect the story of the Aboriginal peoples survival through the erection of a series of monuments;
2. Receive a report from staff detailing how the recommendations can be implemented including scalable budgetary options that could be considered as part of council’s 19/20 budget process;
3. Other prestigious locations in the Marrickville area be considered for the installation of, in consultation with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander working group and Aboriginal Lands Council through the process; and
4. Receive a further report into the process of creating and installing a monument and other ways in which the Inner West Council can reflect the story of the Aboriginal peoples’ survival.
For Motion: Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Porteous, Stamolis, Steer and York
Against Motion: Crs Passas and Raciti
C1218(1) Item 5 Aboriginal Names for Inner West Council Wards
Motion: (Drury/McKenna OAM)
1. Notes the staff process of Aboriginal community engagement; and
2. Adopts the recommendations of the Aboriginal community in Naming of the Council Wards as follows:
Ashfield Ward – Djarrawunang (Magpie)
Balmain Ward – Baludarri (Leather Jacket)
Leichhardt Ward – Gulgadya (Grass Tree)
Marrickville Ward – Midjuburi (Lillypilly)
Stanmore Ward – Damun (Port Jackson Fig).
For Motion: Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Hesse, Iskandar, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Porteous, Raciti, Stamolis, Steer and York
Against Motion: Cr Passas
Source: Minutes Council Meeting 11 December
As required by Resolution C1017 Item 17, this report seeks to provide Inner West Council with Sydney Aboriginal words to help establish area names for the five wards within the Inner West Local Government Area. This report will assist the Council in determining the Aboriginal language words to rename the ‘wards’ within the LGA. It will also provide local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and community a sense of belonging to area.
At the same time as responding to the Naming of the Wards Council Resolution, Council staff had commissioned a Critical Investigation Report (2018). The Critical Investigation is a key piece of research which provides the historical and cultural context and research support instrumental in providing information to help establish Ward Names, as well as being a resource for works across the LGA including Wayfinding Artworks, (funded through Straonger Community Grants) which which have been funded via SCG funding which will be installed by June 2019. The Naming Criteria and principles for determining the proposed Ward Names has reflected upon the former Leichhardt Council’s Naming of Roads, Parks, Reserves, and Public Spaces Policy.
Including Naming Criteria 3
(a) where appropriate, Aboriginal names should be used;
(b) second to (a), names embracing the LGA’s heritage and community should be used;
(c) the proposed name reflects the character, landscape, flora or fauna, or function of the site to be named;
(d) community support for the proposed name is required;
Below is a table outlining proposed words for each of the five Wards in order of preference as determined through community consultation, with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities over the past few months. Metropolitan Aboriginal Land Council and Aboriginal linguist Jackelyn Troy have also been engaged to review the proposed ward names in reflection to Sydney Aboriginal languages.
WARD PROPOSED ABORIGINAL WORD/S
FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: The installation of Wayfinding Artworks, have been funded via SCG funding, however should Council determine to adopt the Aboriginal Wards names, then appropriate resources will need to be considered to install, physical signage and update Council’s communication strategy. This may be timely with the current review of corporate branding being undertaken.
OTHER STAFF COMMENTS: Community Services and Culture – Wellbeing Aboriginal Programs Team and Living Arts and Trees, Parks and Streetscapes have all participated with feedback on the proposed names.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategic Reference Group (former)
Critical Investigation Report (2018) – Tocomwall Pty Ltd
Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council
Jackelyn Troy – Aboriginal Linguist
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities of the Inner West
The proposed Aboriginal words have been provided following research undertaken on the culture and history of the Inner West, reflecting upon existing policy and following community consultation. The report recommends the names preferred by the Aboriginal community.
Source: Agenda Papers 11 Dec 2018
On the Verge in Stanmore on the walk from Marrickville to Annandale
Bower Reopening Party, 2 Dec 2018
Tom Raue Green's Candidate for Summer Hill Campaign Launch
Prescious Warehouse Space that is to be demolished to build Westconnex State 3. All of these warehouses were occupied and the businesses at these locations have been forced to find other accomodation. While the type of accomodation, they need for their businesses is becoming increasingly scarce. It is good to see three of the businesses relocate to new promises in Annandale, however, this puts pressure on rents. Source: Annandale Community Information Session, 1 Dec 2018