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Resources - Sydney, Northern Beaches

Listed below are places and resources where you can find information about the Aboriginal issues in our local Northern Sydney area.

Local Government
Aboriginal Organisations
Community Action
Printed Resources

Local Government

Local Government Councils
The Northern Beaches falls within three local government councils. Check out their websites for information about Aboriginal heritage and reconciliation projects, to access their local studies library services, and more:
Manly Council Web:
Warringah Council Web:
Pittwater Council Web:

Aboriginal Heritage Office
Lane Cove, Manly, North Sydney, Warringah and Willoughby Councils have joined together to sponsor an Aboriginal Heritage Office to ensure the protection of Aboriginal sites and cultural heritage within their regions. The Office also works to develop awareness of Indigenous heritage issues within the community, schools and within the Councils themselves. For more information please contact:
Aboriginal Heritage Manager, North Sydney Council, 200 Miller Street, North Sydney NSW 2059, Tel: (02) 9949 9882 Fax: (02) 9949 9883

Aboriginal Services Directory in the Northern Sydney Region
A product of the Northern Sydney Aboriginal Area Social Plan, the Aboriginal Services Directory covers a range of services available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community living in eleven local government areas of Northern Sydney (Willoughby, Lane Cove, Hornsby, Ryde, Warringah, Manly, Pittwater, North Sydney, Ku-ring-gai, Mosman, Hunter’s Hill). The Directory is available in electronic and hard copy.
Community Services Branch, Hornsby Shire Council, PO Box 37 Hornsby NSW 1630
Tel: (02) 9847 6611  Fax: (02) 9477 2853  Email:

Northern Sydney Aboriginal Social Plan
The Northern Sydney Region of Councils (NSROC) developed the Northern Sydney Aboriginal Social Plan to address the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members within the region. For more information, contact:
Project Officer, Manly Community Centre, 12 Wentworth Street, Manly NSW 2095
Tel: (02) 9977 1066

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Aboriginal Organisations

Guringai Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG)
The AECG is a community based Aboriginal organisation with regional and local branches throughout NSW. Our local Guringai AECG provides support to Aboriginal families on education and related issues on the Northern Beaches. For current contact details, go through the AECG State Office at:
Tel: (02) 9550 5666 Fax: (02) 9550 3361

Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC)
As custodians for the traditional owners of the Sydney area, Metro is the organisation responsible for Aboriginal sites, land, and community in the Sydney metropolitan area, including the Northern Beaches region. The website is an excellent source of information about Metro’s projects, activities and services.
PO Box 1103, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012
Tel: (02) 8394 9666 Fax: (02) 8394 9733 Email:

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Community Action

Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater
Since 1979, the ASG has worked on Sydney’s Northern Beaches to support Aboriginal people in their struggle for justice.
PO Box 129, Narrabeen NSW 2101
Tel: (02) 9913 7940  Fax: (02) 9913 7940 

Acknowledgement of Country Protocol
As a sign of respect to the traditional owners of this land, more and more speakers at public events are opening their addresses with an "Acknowledgement of Country". The ASG have produced a bookmark outlining the protocol for Acknowledging Country. Please click here for details.

Northern Sydney Region Reconciliation Network  (NRRN)
A forum for northern Sydney region reconciliation groups, local government councils and Aboriginal organisations to meet, discuss and act on matters related to Aboriginal issues in Sydney’s northern region.  For more information please contact:
PO Box 41, Berowra NSW 2081
Tel: (02) 9428 1197

Radio Northern Beaches
Radio Northern Beaches broadcasts on 88.7 FM and 90.3 FM and continues to be an important vehicle for broadcasting programs with Aboriginal content to the local community.


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Printed Resources

For a comprehensive list of resources regarding local Aboriginal heritage on the Northern Beaches, please contact Warringah Library Service, Pittwater Library and Manly Library.

Aboriginal Support Group - Manly Warringah Pittwater, A Story to Tell...On a Road Toward Reconciliation: 1979-2000: An Account of the First Twenty-One Years of Life and Work of the Aboriginal Support Group - Manly Warringah Pittwater, Narrabeen, ASG-MWP, 2002. (For more information and to order your copy please click here.)

Attenbrow, Valerie, Sydney's Aboriginal Past: Investigating the Archaeological and Historical Records, Sydney, University of NSW Press, 2002.

Foley, Dennis, Repossession of our Spirit: Traditional Owners of Northern Sydney, photography by Ricky Maynard, Canberra, Aboriginal History Inc., 2001.

Hinkson, Melinda, Aboriginal Sydney: A Guide to Important Places of the Past and Present, photography by Alana Harris, Canberra, Aboriginal Studies Press, 2000.

Jacobs, Ian, A History of the Aboriginal Clans of Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Brookvale, Northside Printing, 2003.

Landers, Rachel and Zubrycki, Tom, Whiteys Like Us, Canberra, Ronin Films, 1999.

Lee, Emma (in association with the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council),The Tale of a Whale: Significant Aboriginal Landscapes of the Northern Beaches, Dee Why, Warringah Council, 2002.
(For a review of this book please see the Autumn 2003 issue of Elimatta. Copies can be purchased from Warringah, Pittwater and Manly Councils, local libraries and booksellers.)

Popp, T & N, Walker, Bill, Footprints on Rock: Aboriginal Art of the Sydney Region, Redfern, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, 1997.

Read, Peter, Belonging: Australians, Place and Aboriginal Ownership, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Stanbury, Peter and Clegg, John, A Field Guide to Aboriginal Rock Engravings with Special Reference to Those Around Sydney, Sydney, Sydney University Press, 1990.

Willmot, Eric, Pemulwuy: the Rainbow Warrior, McMahons Point, Weldons, 1987.

Wood, Nancy, Nobody's Child, Narrabeen, ASG-MWP, 1999.

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