Rockingham’s Reconciliation Action Plan wins approval
The last hurdle has been cleared for the City of Rockingham’s Reconciliation Action Plan after Reconciliation Australia formally endorsed it.
The RAP is the city’s third plan of its kind and is a document that encourages the local government to make systemic change to ensure it works with the local Aboriginal community in a positive way.
The plan was endorsed by council at its meeting in March.
It focuses on building strong relationships, respect for culture and increasing opportunities to create meaningful change with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
This includes celebrating National Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week, increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recruitment and looking at options to support and develop Aboriginal tourism operators in Rockingham.
Mayor Barry Sammels said the plan was developed in close consultation with the city’s Aboriginal Advisory Group.
“Growing and nurturing community connectedness is a key aspiration in the city’s Strategic Community Plan, and Aboriginal heritage and inclusion is vital to this,” Cr Sammels said.
“The actions of the RAP will fulfil this community aspiration and strengthen relationships with Aboriginal people, which in turn will foster mutual respect, support and cultural awareness.”
To see the plan visit rockingham.wa.gov.au/community/aboriginal-community
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