Let’s work together: Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan launched

Published on 16 September 2020

We are proud to launch our inaugural Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) which was formally endorsed by Reconciliation Australia on 9 September 2020.

The 2-year RAP outlines the shared approach we will take to work alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to advance reconciliation in our workplace and across Banyule.

Banyule Mayor Cr Alison Champion said Council's vision for reconciliation is a just and equal society where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and heritage are a proud part of our shared national identity.

"To achieve this, we must travel this important journey together, and proactively work to reduce division in our communities," Cr Champion said.

"We've undertaken extensive consultation to produce our RAP and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' voice is at the forefront of our RAP, and to ensure our decisions impacting First Nations people's lives are based on shared decision-making, fairness, respect and trust."

"We will tackle inequity issues and create meaningful pathways towards self-determination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We will support improvements in social and economic well-being and civic participation. We will commit to delivering culturally safe and appropriate services and, we will promote respect for Aboriginal cultural heritage in Banyule."

"We extend our gratitude to our staff, Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Elders, Banyule Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee, First Nations community members, service partners and reconciliation networks for all their support in making our RAP a reality," Cr Champion said.

President of Reconciliation Banyule, Sue Harris said Banyule Council’s first Innovate RAP was a positive act to accelerate the reconciliation process in this municipality.

"With open hearts and minds we can learn our way along new paths together. We look forward to a future working together with our First Peoples and Local Government offering real leadership to the residents in the City of Banyule," Sue Harris said.

Banyule Council proudly acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people as the Traditional Custodians of the land which Council operates on. We pay our respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, past, present and emerging, who have resided in the area and have been an integral part of the region's history.

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