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Forum: 40 years as citizens where to next?

By September 19, 20072 Comments

Today I attended a forum as part of the discussion surrounding 40 years of citizens where to next? Today’s discussion focused around a number of key themes, including citizenship, governance, business development, justice, education and health.

The morning began with a Ministerial Address by the newly appointed Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Richard Wynne. While the Minister referred to the leadership role local government needs to provide, little was spoken about the leadership required from the State Government. Most disappointing was the Minister’s abrupt departure at the conclusion of his speech.

While a number of local councillors were present at the two-day event, there was a complete absence of State Government MPs or Ministerial advisors.

The forum provided a useful insight into the issues facing Indigenous Australians, particularly in discussing the need to engage the business community and to ensure that our health and educational systems are mindful of Indigenous Australia. As a council, we need to explore our practices to help engage with Indigenous Australians and to serve as a conduit between different levels of government and community organisations.

Alex Makin

Alex Makin

Alex Makin is a councillor for the Mullum Ward in the City of Maroondah. Alex has been a councillor since 2005, representing ratepayers, businesses, community groups and residents. I aim to continue making a difference and welcome any thoughts you may have in regard to life, community and business in Maroondah. Phone: (03) 9870 8202 or 0408 311 645 Email:


  • georgetui says:

    Great forum!
    I found a lot of interesting information there.
    Was this forum helpful for you also?

  • Alex Makin says:

    Hello George,

    Thank you for your comments. I certainly did find the forum helpful – particularly in highlighting the role local government has in pursuing reconciliation.

    Maroondah is currently preparing a reconciliation policy and this should lay the foundations for Maroondah’s approach to indigenous issues.



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