First Nations traditions to enliven public spaces

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__Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will no longer need a busking permit to practise their cultures in public spaces managed by the City of Sydney. __

The City's new policy for Busking and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Practice has been approved by the Office of Local Government, meaning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can continue to practise their cultures without a busking permit.

The move is part of the City's recognition that the practice of culture is vital to maintaining cultural identity and connection to place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

"As custodians of the world's longest continuing cultures, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's continuation of cultural practice is nurtured, expressed and shared through art, dance, song and storytelling," Edie Coe, the City's first Manager of Indigenous Leadership and Engagement, said.

"The practice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, outdoors and in public spaces, is the practice of our inherent cultural rights as articulated in Article 11 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples."

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City values and respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practice as a way of sharing and celebrating cultural knowledge with the wider community and visitors to Sydney.

"The practice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures is testament to the resilience, fortitude and continuation of these living cultures," the Lord Mayor said.

"The intrinsic right to practise cultures is vital to maintaining wellbeing, personal identity and connection to culture for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as well as sharing cultural knowledge.

"The City's new policy recognises that the practice of cultural heritage is not a busking activity - this means Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can practise their cultures without requiring an approval from the City, as long as safety requirements are met."

The new policy outlines safety considerations and space management measures for cultural practitioners, as well as the protocols for practising culture in public spaces.

The City's customer service centre will also offer free public liability insurance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people practising culture in the local government area.

For more details on the City's new policy for Busking and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Practice go to https://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/community/community-support/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-communities

For media inquiries or images, contact Elaine Kelly. Phone 0477 362 550 or email ekelly@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Anusha Muller. Phone 0408 494 545 or email amuller@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

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