The Canterbury City Council acknowledges the prior ownership of this area by the Bediagal people. We pay our respect to them for their care of the land on which we live today. We also recognize and pay respect to Aboriginal peoples' culture and heritage and commit ourselves to promoting mutual respect and understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous community of our area.
We recognize the right of Aboriginal people to live according to their values and beliefs and we are committed to promote an awareness and appreciation of the Aboriginal history and society in our community.
The Bediagal clans whose area stretched between the Cooks River and Georges River, as mentioned in early records, were part of the Dharug people who lived across the Cumberland plain from Port Jackson to Blue Mountains. To the north and east of the Bediagal land from south side of Port Jackson at South Head to Petersham, stretched Cadigal Wangal country. This part of Sydney was inhabited by coastal Aborigines, the "Eora people".