Indigenous community calling for change | POLL

Indigenous elder John Hill spoke to the group about his thoughts on the Journey to Recognition movement.  
 
 
Photo: LAURA McINTYRE
Indigenous elder John Hill spoke to the group about his thoughts on the Journey to Recognition movement. Photo: LAURA McINTYRE

RESIDENTS gathered at the Church Street rotunda just after midday on Friday for the Journey of Recognition run by the Recognise movement.

Part of Reconciliation Australia, the movement aims to recognise Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders in the Australian Constitution.

The Journey to Recognition campaign began in May, 2013 and the organisers have travelled more than 32,000 kilometres around Australia, raising awareness in various communities.

Project manager Emma Cother said the campaign was a driving point for change.

She said the Australian Constitution contains sections which allowed for racial discrimination.

"It also doesn't acknowledge more than 40,000 years of history of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people," Ms Cother said.

Having visited more than 200 communities on their journey thus far, Ms Cother said their prime focus was on the push for a referendum.

"The Australian Constitution has only been changed eight times since 1901," she said.

"We're pushing to make history."

Ms Cother said while their campaign only highlighted the need to raise public awareness and community support, a meeting in Sydney on July 6 with a number of political leaders, could be the start of the change.