The City of Adelaide's Reconciliation Committee formed in 2002 with goals to advance reconciliation in the City between Aboriginal and Torres Islander people and the wider City of Adelaide community.
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Martin Haese, Lord Mayor and is Dual-chairperson of Council’s Reconciliation Committee.
Strategic Agency Representatives
Ms Vicky Welgraven
Strategic agency representative for Reconciliation South Australia
Vicky Welgraven is a proud Adnyamathanha woman from the Northern Flinders Ranges in South Australia. Vicky is currently a board member of Reconciliation SA, 2015-2017 and a new member of Council’s Reconciliation Committee. Vicky is a passionate advocate for Aboriginal women’s rights, reconciliation and the education of the wider community about her culture. Currently, Vicky is a South Australian Representative on the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance (NATSIWA).
NATSIWA was established in 2009 to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to have a strong and effective voice in the domestic and international policy advocacy process. Moreover, she was chosen by the Board to be a part of the Australian Delegation to represent NATSIWA at the United Nations Commission for the Status for Women in New York, held 14 March – 24 March 2016. Vicky is also playing a key role in developing a South Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance.
In July 2015, Vicky was awarded a Gladys Elphick Award for Excellence in Service for Women, Community and Sport. In November 2015 she was inducted into the South Australian Women’s Honour Roll as a ‘Strong Advocate and Ambassador for Aboriginal Women Rights’. Between 2011– 2014 Vicki also held the position as Chairperson of Nunga Mi:Minar, a family violence service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children in Adelaide. In December 2015 she was also a member on the Port Adelaide Cheer Squad Committee, where she continues to promote ‘Reconciliation’ and Aboriginal culture.
Mr Ribnga Green
Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Department of State Development
Ribnga Green is a strategic agency representative for the Aboriginal Heritage within Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation (AAR), Department of State Development (DSD). Ribnga is a former ACC Reconciliation Committee member 2010-2014. Ribnga is employed as a Senior Project Officer in Aboriginal Heritage within Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation AAR, DSD. This year is his 10th year of employment in Aboriginal Heritage. Ribnga is a member of the Jaru nation from Halls Creek, Kimberley WA and he continues a commitment and involvement there.
Ribnga first came to Adelaide in the mid-70s as a student at Flinders University where he completed a BA; Ribnga also has a law degree (LLB) from the University of Qld. Ribnga is a committee member of NAIDOC SA and is also a Ministerial nominee on the Board of Tandanya (National Aboriginal Cultural Institute).
Mr Trevor Lovegrove
Employment Programs Directorate, Department of State Development
Trevor Lovegrove is a strategic agency representative for Employment Programs Directorate (EPD), Department of State Development (DSD).
Trevor is a new ACC Reconciliation Committee member. Trevor is employed as a Senior Program Coordinator within the Aboriginal Apprenticeship Program in the EPD, DSD. Trevor is a member of the Ngarrindjeri Nation from Raukkan. Trevor has lived on Raukkan for the first 13 years of his life before moving to Murray Bridge for three years and in 1982 moved to Adelaide with his mum and dad, younger brother and two younger sisters.
Trevor is a fully qualified Carpenter and worked in the building Industry for 10 years. Since then Trevor has worked in various roles and in the last 10 years with the Aboriginal Apprenticeship Program under DFEEST and then DSD. Trevor’s passion is to support Aboriginal people into trade based apprenticeships and traineeships.
Trevor currently manages the Aboriginal Apprenticeship Program and still provides support in mentoring Aboriginal youth in a contract of training. Trevor is a member on the Board of Tandanya.
Kaurna Nation Cultural Heritage Association Representative
Mr Jeffrey Newchurch
Jeffrey Newchurch is a Kaurna Nation Cultural Heritage Association (KNCHA) representative. Jeffrey is a new ACC Reconciliation Committee member. Jeffrey is currently the Chairperson of KNCHA.
Jeffrey has over the past 12 years worked closely with archaeologists, the museum and the state government on the Aboriginal repatriation program. Jeffrey expressed the importance of family and country to Aboriginal people and the cultural significance of life events such as funerals and how important it is to do it ‘our way’.
Jeffrey is Narrunga Kaurna man and respected Elder. He was born and raised in Point Pearce and was fortunate to spend some of his early school years in New Zealand after being selected as part of the Point Pearce education program.
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Representatives
Ms Yvonne Agius
Yvonne Aguis is a former ACC Reconciliation Committee member and Dual-chairperson from 2010-2014.
Yvonne is a retiree having worked as a public servant over 40 years and an Aboriginal foster carer. Yvonne is a former employee at the City of Port Adelaide Enfield. Yvonne was fundamental in the development of several very successful major reconciliation projects.
Yvonne has extensive experience and is well represented on a range of community groups that deal with heritage, native title, Nunga courts and the Granny’s Group displaying a great commitment to reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal.
Yvonne is Kaurna Narrunga woman and respected Elder.
Mr Ivan-Tiwu Copley OAM, JP
Ivan-Tiwu Copley (OAM, JP) is a former ACC Reconciliation Committee member from 2003-2014 and Dual-chairperson from 2008-2010 and 2017 is his 14th consecutive year with the committee.
Ivan is self employed as a Aboriginal Consultant, Chairperson of the TURKINDI Network of SA Inc and is well represented on a range of community committees that deal with reconciliation, Cultural learning, statistics, Australian History, Missions & Homes & arts.
Ivan displays a great commitment to reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities over the past 30 years as demonstrated by the prestige awards presented in, 2010 South Australian of the Year and in 2012 the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for Community Services.
Ivan is a Kaurna Peramangk man from Adelaide Plains and Mt Lofty Ranges.
Mr Andrew Birtwistle-Smith
Andrew Birtwistle-Smith is a former ACC Reconciliation Committee member from 2010-2014 and, former strategic agency representative for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Division from 2008-2010.
Andrew is employed as a Principal Policy and Program Officer in the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI). Andrew was a representative on a range of community groups that deal with reconciliation and heritage management.
Andrew was a founding member and secretary of Murrapeena Heritage Association that represents the traditional custodians of the South East. Andrew displays a great commitment to reconciliation, employment, heritage, health and education as an ambassador and advocate over 20 years.
Andrew is an Ngarrindjeri, Meintangk and Boandik man from the South East of South Australia.
Ms Lynette Crocker
Lynette Crocker is a former Kaurna Nation Cultural Heritage representative from 2012-2014.
Lynette is a retiree and volunteer on a range of community committees. Lynette is a Traditional Owner and named applicant on the Local Government and Kaurna Indigenous Land Use Agreement.
She has participated in the development of Reconciliation Action Plans for the Campbelltown City Council, Port City of Adelaide and Marion City Council. Lynette displays a great commitment to reconciliation working with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities in the area of reconciliation, employment, native title, education, health and conservation over the past 30 years.
Lynette is a Kaurna Aboriginal woman and respected Elder from Adelaide.
Ms Deanne Hanchant-Nichols
Deanne Hanchant-Nichols is a new ACC Reconciliation Committee member.
Deanne is a Tanganekald Aboriginal woman with family links to the Coorong, as well as Barkindji from NSW and Narungga from Point Pearce SA.
Deanne is currently employed as Consultant: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Development at the University of South Australia (UniSA). As an employee at UniSA, Deanne was one of the writers and developers of the 2014 Reconciliation Action Plan and was instrumental in the establishment a Kaurna Welcome ceremony for the new Vice Chancellor in 2013.
Due to these successes the welcome ceremony is now followed by other states. In 2013 Deanne was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Professional Staff Excellence Award for reconciliation and working across boundaries.
Deanne displays a great commitment to reconciliation as an ambassador with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities on issues of reconciliation, education and repatriation over 20 years.
Terms of Reference and Reporting Requirement
The City of Adelaide Reconciliation Committee will engage collaboratively with peak Government and non-Government reconciliation groups to advance reconciliation in the City and encourage and seek broad Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in Council activities and events.
The Reconciliation Committee reports to Council on its activities on an annual basis.
Process for Selection and Appointment
Are you interested in helping out your community on the journey of reconciliation?
Recruitment for members is usually held every four years, however an opportunity may come up sooner if a vacancy arises.