Brungle-Tumut Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) Acting CEO Sue Bulger has created history by becoming the first Indigenous Mayor of Tumut.
A Wiradjuri Elder who grew up on the Brungle Mission, Ms Bulger is a long-standing LALC member and has represented the Shire as a Councillor since 2000.
Ms Bulger says her election as Mayor was a defining moment for the region.
“I’m proud that this has happened. We’ve made history in our own community and opened the door for other Aboriginal Mayors and Councillors. It’s achievable.
“We all know that Wiradjuri women are very strong and nurture their communities and draw strength from that,” she said.
NSWALC Chair Craig Cromelin said Ms Bulger’s election to the Mayoralty at Tumut was an inspiration to the Land Rights network in New South Wales.
“At the local level, having a strong leader in Land Rights as Mayor of Tumut, provides a unique perspective on how the Land Rights network can deepen its engagement with local shires and city councils.
“There is great potential for Local Aboriginal Land Councils and Local Government to work together on common agendas to strengthen our sense of community and provide economic opportunities for our young people.”