PLEASE NOTE: Current FPAC committee commenced July 2018. Council's Reconciliation Action Plan is currently sitting with Reconciliation Australia, awaiting approval before endorsed by Council as at January 2019.
The First Peoples Advisory Committee (FPAC) is one of the important ways that Council engages and consults with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
FPAC provides comment, feedback and direction on issues that relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities. It also works to enhance opportunities for participation and collaboration between local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and Council.
Council understands the importance of actively promoting equity and equality while working together to build historical acceptance, cultural competency and strong relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the wider Cairns community so that everyone has the opportunity to participate in and enjoy life, the facilities and the opportunities that our region has to offer with dignity and respect.
FPAC is an exciting opportunity to make a difference to the Cairns Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community within the Cairns region. Council formed the current FPAC in 2018 and appointed a Chair and Cultural Adviser to Council.
FPAC membership is appointed every two years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who live, work or study in the Cairns Regional Council area are welcome to apply to join the First Peoples Advisory Committee at this time.
FPAC is required to hold seven (6) meetings each year with regular attendance by a minimum of eight (8)
committee members. Should you wish to have an item considered for discussion at any of the FPAC meetings send a message with your details to the Community Services team for consideration. Minutes for 2019 will be made available here.
To find out more
Email Council's Community Services team or phone 4044 3095.
The First Peoples Advisory Committee reports to full Council.
First Peoples Advisory Committee Nomination (25.3 KB)
Council will call for nominations every two years from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who live, work or study in the Cairns Regional Council Shire are welcomed to join the Indigenous Advisory Committee to advise Council on issues relevant to the Indigenous Community.