Bpangerang people to be recognised in formalities by Corowa-based Federation Council

Pleased: Bpangerang elder Freddie Dowling has welcomed Federation Council recognising his group through welcoming ceremonies.
Pleased: Bpangerang elder Freddie Dowling has welcomed Federation Council recognising his group through welcoming ceremonies.

FEDERATION Council will now mark the shire’s Aboriginal ties before each meeting.

Administrator Mike Eden has adopted a policy to have an acknowledgement of country voiced before council meetings and a welcome to country at major events.

Jerilderie Bpangerang man Freddie Dowling hailed the step after pushing for it.

“This is for our ancestors who have been here for thousands of years,” Mr Dowling, 80, said.

“It’s got nothing to do with power or money, it’s just what’s right.”

Mr Eden also plans to install a flag pole outside the Corowa Civic Centre to fly the Aboriginal colours alongside the Australian flag.

Bpangerang, tying Bangerang and Pangerang, was bestowed on an Aboriginal corporation last year, Mr Dowling said, noting the names were interchangeable for a group spread over Victoria and southern NSW.