Minutes of Meeting

Arakwal Memorandum of Understanding Advisory Committee Meeting



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Friday, 21 April 2023








Arakwal Memorandum of Understanding Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes                                                                                                              21 April 2023

Minutes of the Arakwal Memorandum of Understanding Advisory Committee Meeting held on Friday, 21 April 2023

File No: I2023/601

PRESENT: Cr S Ndiaye, Cr A Pugh


Staff:  Esmeralda Davis (Director Corporate and Community Services)

            Geeta Cheema (Manager Social and Cultural Planning)

            Rob Appo (Aboriginal Project Officer)

            Storm Townsend (Minute Taker)


Community:  Leon Kelly (Chairperson)

                        Brent Emmons (General Manager, Arakwal Corporation)

                        Ricky Vidler


The Committee elected Leon Kelly as the Chairperson of the Arakwal Memorandum of Understanding Advisory Committee.

Leon Kelly (Chair) opened the meeting at 10.35am and acknowledged that the meeting was being held on Bundjalung Country.

Attendance via AUDIO-VISUAL LINK:

There were no attendances via audio visual link.


An apology from Cr Balson was accepted and a leave of absence granted.

Declarations of Interest – Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary

There were no declarations of interest.

Note: The minutes of the meeting held on 15 April 2021 were noted, and the Committee Recommendations adopted by Council, at the Ordinary Meeting held on 24 June 2021.

Business Arising from Previous Minutes

There was no business arising from previous minutes.




Staff Reports - Corporate and Community Services


Report No. 3.1           Arakwal MOU review

File No:                       I2023/569


Committee Recommendation:

That the Arakwal MoU Advisory Committee:

1.      Notes the Arakwal MoU draft review attachment (#E2019/90906).

2.      Provides input to the draft review and discusses next steps and possible options.

3.      Notes the Committee will hold an Extra Ordinary Meeting on 19 May 2023 to continue the Arakwal MoU review.                                                                         (Kelly/Emmons)

The recommendation was put to the vote and declared carried.



There being no further business the meeting concluded at 12:26pm.