21st October, 2019

Coalition of Peaks talking about Closing the Gap today in Sydney today

Closing the Gap/CTG Coalition of Peaks/CoP

The Coalition of Peaks will host a meeting in Sydney today on the development of a new National Agreement on Closing the
Gap. The meeting is an opportunity
for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to tell the Coalition of Peaks
and governments what changes are needed to improve their lives.

New South Wales Coalition of Peak Organisations
(NSWCAPO) Co-Chair, Cindy Berwick said we must ensure Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander people in New South Wales know a new agreement is being
negotiated on Closing the Gap. These meetings provide an opportunity for people
in New South Wales to have their voices truly heard and understood on this
important matter.

 “Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander people know what works best for us. Closing the gap
in life outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and other
Australians can only be achieved if our voices are at the centre of decision
making and reflected in policy,” Berwick said.

“This time the Coalition of Peaks has the
opportunity to represent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at the
negotiating table with governments, so we want to ensure that we engage
communities around Australia in the process.

“The Coalition of Peaks will be leading
face-to-face meetings across every state and territory. We are looking forward
to hearing what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to say at the
engagement in Sydney today.”

NSWCAPO has commenced a series of meetings with
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across New South Wales.  The engagements will continue until the end
of October.

The face-to-face discussions are part of a comprehensive set of engagements, which also include Peak consultations with its own membership and an online survey, open until 8 November.

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