If you have ever been to Echo Point overlooking the Three Sisters in Katoomba you might have seen Aboriginal man Goomblar Wylo busking there. Many of you have seen him playing the didjeridoo on one of his many national and international tours.
In 2010, Goomblar made a development application to Blue Mountains Council to set up a 100% Aboriginal owned, not for profit Aboriginal Culture Centre at Echo Point Plaza. This was to benefit the whole Aboriginal community.
Goomblar's application was refused on the grounds that he was not allowed to have any performances or cultural demonstrations.
Soon after, Blue Mountains Council approved a 100% NON Aboriginal owned FOR PROFIT Aboriginal Culture Centre in exactly the same space with performances approved! The new Centre is now even building a dedicated PERFORMANCE THEATRE with the full approval of the Council.
Goomblar tried for a year and a half to find out why. Under increasing pressure, Blue Mountains Council admitted that they had made a mistake with his application. In January a mid level Council bureaucrat sent Goomblar a letter to this effect. I personally regarded that letter as being two pages of mean spirited excuses and blame shifting. It even said that the mistake was partially Goomblar's fault because he didn't identify the correct zoning provisions either!
As a result I started this petition for a real apology....a formal one from the Mayor.
The last Council meeting ratified the bureaucrat's letter as being good enough as an apology so that's it... they now consider the matter closed and it seems to be a case of "tough luck Goomblar".
I believe that Goomblar is owed a formal apology by Blue Mountains Council Mayor, Mark Greenhill... not just a letter full of excuses from a faceless bureaucrat.
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