Aboriginal people

Aboriginal Communities

We recognise the traditional custodians of the land which makes up the MidCoast Council area - the Gathang-speaking (Biripi and Worimi) people. Council enjoys a strong relationship with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, collaborating on a range of projects to acknowledge and celebrate their contribution to the region, and is committed to strengthening those relationships.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 6.2% of our population, more than double the State and Australian Averages (2.9% and 2.8% respectively)*. These vibrant communities contribute extensively to the culture and society of our LGA.

* Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016. Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts

Local Aboriginal Land Councils

There are four Local Aboriginal Lands Councils in the Local Government Area:


Forster Local Aboriginal Land Council

Area: Forster and Gloucester areas

Address: 10 Breckenridge Street, PO Box 384, Forster NSW 2428

Phone: (02) 6555 5411

Websites and Email: www.forsterlalc.org.au  or info@forsterlalc.org.au , www.forsterlalc.org.au


Karuah Local Aboriginal Land Council

Area: a small area in the south of the LGA, around Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest

Address: 16 Mustons Road, PO Box 30, Karuah, NSW 2324

Phone: (02) 4997 5733

Websites and Email: admin@karuahaboriginal.com.au , www.karuahaboriginal.com.au


Purfleet-Taree Local Aboriginal Land Council

Area: Taree, Wingham and Harrington areas

Address: 5 Edwards Drive, Purfleet, NSW 2430

Phone: (02) 6552 4106

Websites and Email: admin@ptlalc.com.au , www.ptlalc.com.au


Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council

Area: a small area in the south of the MidCoast LGA

Address: 2163 Nelson Bay Road, Williamtown, NSW 2314

Phone: (02) 4033 800

Websites and Email: reception@worimi.org.au , www.worimi.org.au


NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and support our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Council celebrates NAIDOC Week in partnership with the local Aboriginal community through a range of events across the LGA, details of which are published in the lead up to NAIDOC Week on our website and Facebook page.

For further information on NAIDOC Week, please visit www.naidoc.org.au or for local information contact us.


MidCoast Council Aboriginal Action Plan

We value our diverse community and recognise the opportunity to embrace indigenous cultures and enhance inclusiveness.

To help us do this, we are currently working on an Aboriginal Action Plan.

This plan is important to help strengthen our relationships and develop stronger partnerships with the Aboriginal MidCoast community.

We conducted a  survey to help us develop a better appreciation of the way services are provided and get an increased understanding of the needs of the Aboriginal MidCoast community.

We'll be conducting focus groups to discuss feedback received through the survey.