Brimbank’s next Reconciliation Action Plan – have your say
A new draft Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) outlines actions Brimbank Council will take to support reconciliation, while embracing unity and respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s and other Australians.
Brimbank Mayor Cr Lucinda Congreve said the Draft Reconciliation Action Plan 2019 –2023 would guide how Council shows respect, builds relationships and provides opportunities to the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and Traditional Owners.
“Council supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ right to self-determination and celebrates the histories, cultures and positive achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
“We understand that our reconciliation journey requires strong leadership and a willingness to listen, acknowledge, and lead positive change.
“We will also play a role in bringing about a whole-of-community approach to reconciliation, by working with community groups and organisations across Brimbank to pave the way for greater respect, inclusion and equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our community.
“Our vision for reconciliation is to embrace unity and respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s and other Australians and to celebrate our Aboriginal cultural heritage.
“It is important that our whole community, including our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, is committed to the Reconciliation Action Plan – we want to hear your ideas and suggestions about what we can do better,” Cr Congreve said.
The draft RAP has been developed in consultation with the Brimbank Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reconciliation Action Plan Consultative Committee (BATSICC), along with Traditional Owners, Aboriginal stakeholders, Council staff and the wider community.
Submissions close on 17 February 2019.