Draft Reconciliation Action Plan Adopted

Published on 1 March 2019
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HAVE YOUR SAY HERE

The City of Kalamunda has released its first Draft Reconciliation Action Plan for comment and is encouraging the community to have their say.

Mayor John Giardina said, “Once finalised, the Reflect RAP will guide us in our understanding of where we need to progress in our reconciliation journey; what we are doing well to build on as foundations; and continue to develop relationships and seek guidance from our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.”

“This plan is our commitment to support our community and staff to build respect, lasting relationships, and generate opportunities to create business synergies. It will also support us when developing events and community activities that will acknowledge and recognise respect and pride for Aboriginal culture and history.”

The draft RAP has been developed from the information gathered as a result of the initial community engagement including input from various stakeholder meetings and workshops. Attendees included local aboriginal Elders, City residents and non-residents that have a significant connection to the area. 

The City will host a community workshop to discuss the Draft RAP and seek feedback from the community on Monday 25 March from 1pm at the Lesmurdie Hall, 96 Gladys Road in Lesmurdie. All members of the community are invited to come along.

Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP) are about organisations from every sector turning good intentions into real actions and rising to the challenge of reconciling Australia. A RAP is a business plan that uses a holistic approach to create meaningful relationships, enhanced respect and promote opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

A Reflect RAP is for organisations starting out their journey of reconciliation. The City of Kalamunda’s Reflect RAP commits to completing a number of actions around the themes of Respect, Relationships, Opportunities and Governance, as this will reinforce that as a Local Government Authority we will have time to build relationships with our community.

Submissions on the draft RAP can be made online at engage.kalamunda.wa.gov.au/draft-reconciliation-action-plan, copies of the Draft RAP and hard copy feedback forms are also available at the City of Kalamunda Administration and at all local libraries.

At the end of the public comment period, community feedback will be collated and incorporated into a final draft RAP to be presented to Council for final consideration.

Comments close 5pm 3 April 2019.

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