A MOYNE Shire councillor has used his debut meeting to push for indigenous recognition in the municipality.
Cr Jordan Lockett moved a motion allowing him “to approach local indigenous communities and elders to seek input regarding the introduction of acknowledgement to traditional owners … at council meetings”.
His motion was supported unanimously and Cr Colin Ryan commended Cr Lockett for bringing it to council.
Cr Lockett said more should be done to “recognise Australia’s strong and proud Aboriginal history”.
“It’s hugely important we acknowledge the traditional owners,” he said.
The motion allows Cr Lockett to speak to indigenous elders and “report back to council on the most appropriate wording for Moyne Shire Council to use at council meetings and public events”.
During the swearing-in ceremony, Cr Lockett was the only councillor to acknowledge traditional owners.