Dominic (at boondiboondi and DarugLand) WY Kanak

Dominic Wy Kanak“I pay respect to Elders and Country, and to the memory of Aunty Pat Dixon, Founder of LGAN NSW. Waverley, your community support is appreciated.”

The people of Waverley Local Government Area, LGA, are served by Dominic in his capacity as an Indigenous (First Nations TI>Erub, and South Sea>Epi) boondiboondi Bondi Ward Waverley Greens Councillor (first Elected September 1999; Deputy Mayor 2017-2019, 2007-2008). He has co-chaired Waverley Council's Multicultural Advisory Committee, and as the Mayor's nominee, chaired the Eastern Region Local Government Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Committee (ERLGATSI Forum) on behalf of Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick, Bayside (amalgamated Botany Bay, Rockdale), City of Sydney and Inner West (amalgamated Leichhardt, Marrickville, Ashfield) Councils.

A paralegal, law student and Native Title Consultant (NTC), Dominic was Honorary NTC for Rockdale and District Landscape Heritage Committee (RDLHC), and a past Executive Committee Convenor of the Indigenous Working Group for the United Nations Association of Australia (NSW Branch).

Outside of Council responsibilities, Dominic was a driver for Oscar Winner, Cate Blanchett, during 1993 ABC TV series ‘HeartLands’; participated as an Associate Member of Darug Link Association 1994; was part of Royal Prince Charles' Media Entourage in 1994; and was a NSW Commonwealth Education Coordinator for the UN International Year for the World's Indigenous Peoples (1993), attending the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues with Siberian (Russia) Indigenous Sakha People (New York, USA, 2018) after Australia ratified the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, UNDRIP, in 2009.

During his terms on Council, Dominic has served the community as a member of the Management Committee for the NSW Reconciliation Council (Reconciliation NSW nominee to Indigenous Veterans Committee) and as a former Director (Vice Chair) on the 2014 Board of Tranby Aboriginal College, (Deaths in Custody Watch Committee, 1987) Glebe, as well as being President (and Vice President, 2015-2016) of the NSW Local Government Aboriginal Network, LGAN (2017-2021).

Dominic’s compassionately held values for Bondi-Waverley’s Grassroots Democracy consensus process through ‘Caring for Country and Community’ is demonstrated by locally advocating policy interests including:

  • ‘Truth, Treaty, Voice’ to be then constitutionally recognized;
  • Protection of Community/Women/Heritage/Native Title/Crown-Public Land & Water;
  • Reconciliation; Constitutional Recognition for Local Government;
  • 'Green' Sustainability in curbing overdevelopment;
  • and Social-Economic Justice/Health (COVID related) Advocacy for Our Community's vulnerable marginalised and isolated People.