26
July
2019
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09:13
Australia/Melbourne

Brimbank's second Reconciliation Action Plan

Summary

Brimbank Council has adopted its second Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-2021 (RAP) that supports our vision for reconciliation, and embraces unity and respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians.

Brimbank Mayor Cr Lucinda Congreve said the Reconciliation Action Plan 2019–2021 guides 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 people living in Brimbank.

“We have been listening and responding to community feedback and we thank everyone who made submissions to help shape the new RAP,” Cr Congreve said.

Co-Chair of the Brimbank Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reconciliation Action Plan Consultative Committee, Cr Borg said that Brimbank has a long history of supporting local 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. The Plan seeks to strengthen our role in ensuring a whole-of-community approach to reconciliation”, Cr Borg said.

Co-Chair of the Committee Cr Pham said Council is committed to making a meaningful and measurable contribution to reconciliation within Brimbank.

“We want to pave the way for greater respect, inclusion and equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our community.

The RAP reflects input from local community groups and includes Council’s vision to create opportunities, and ensure accessible services for the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples”, Cr Pham said.

The RAP was adopted following extensive community consultation undertaken between November 2017 and February 2019.

The RAP has been developed in consultation with the Brimbank Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reconciliation Action Plan Consultative Committee, along with Traditional Owners, Aboriginal stakeholders, Council staff and the wider community.

To view the Reconciliation Action Plan 2019–2021, visit brimbank.vic.gov.au