“We can all get warm and fuzzy, but it is better to have real outcomes. These are practical, tangible and real,” Mr Moran said. His organisation represents Aboriginal people from La Perouse in Sydney’s south to Yango National Park to the north-west of Sydney.
There would also be opportunities for “more of our mob to run tours, education and give talks to tell our version of the past”. This would include signs and barcodes that would reveal that the Aboriginal people who had lived and “loved a view” from the hills on the harbour had enjoyed a “civilised lifestyle” that was not recognised by most people.
The launch includes the unveiling of a massive installation by Jacob Nash, who is also head of design with the Bangarra Dance Company.
Mr Nash said he hoped when people looked up at the artwork’s stars which illuminate an area under an overpass opposite the Convention Centre in Darling Harbour they would reflect on where they are.
“When you look up into the night sky, I hope people will dream of Sydney in the future, and acknowledge the Country they are on, and always will be,” said Mr Nash, a Murri Murri man who lives in Sydney’s northern beaches.
Until 2018, many reconciliation plans had failed to consult local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Mr Moran said.
“[Since then], they have started to include us, and dare I say, shock and horror, ask us what we think. We are now turning to a more gleeful time, where we are assisting people to make plans,” he said.
“Fast forward to 2020, and we are inundated with those who want to address local needs and meet with the local community.”