Indigenous Communities


It is recognised that the traditional custodians of the land on which Great Lakes Council is situated are the people of the Worimi nation and on the edges of the local government area, the Biripi nation.  Great Lakes Council acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land and elders past and present and the local Aboriginal culture and heritage.



Aboriginal History of the Great Lakes

In 1788 there were approximately 300,000 Aborigines in Australia. Divided into over 500 tribes, each tribe had its own distinct territory, dialect, customs and history.

In the Great Lakes district there were two tribes - the Biripi, who inhabited the area between Tuncurry, Taree and Gloucester, and the Worimi, who occupied the land between Barrington Tops and Forster in the north and Maitland and the Hunter River in the south.

Aboriginal History of the Great Lakes 

 Local Aboriginal Land Councils

Forster Local Aboriginal Land Council

Forster Local Aboriginal Land Council covers a geographical area from the Pacific Ocean in the East, to the Central Highlands beyond Gloucester in the West, from Seal Rocks in the South to Hallidays Point in the North.
 'Goanna' aboriginal timber sculpture

Contact Details:

10 Breckenridge Street,

PO Box 384

Ph: 02 6555 5411  or


Karuah Local Aboriginal Land Council

Contact Details:

16 Mustons Road,
PO Box 30,

Ph: 02 4997 5733

Detail of aboriginal artwork

Contact Details:
Customer Service
Phone: 6591 7222
Fax: 02 6591 7200
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Last Updated: 20/08/2014