UPDATE 30 JULY 2019
To support activation of its Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) across the organisation, Council appointed a Project Officer. The first stage of this RAP project has been to build a collaborative approach for implementation across the organisation and strengthen partnerships with the wider Reconciliation community for our shared work. There has been the facilitation of a range of opportunities for staff to share resources, provide strategic advice and equip diverse teams to develop RAP projects and embed Reconciliation action and planning across their areas of responsibility. The vision for this two year RAP is to cultivate an inclusive and healthy community that lives with respect for the Land and its First Nations peoples.
The structure for Council’s work is provided by the Reconciliation Australia themes of
- building relationships
- fostering respect
- creating opportunities.
Council has actively engaged with the NAIDOC 2019 invitation for everyone in Hobsons Bay to work together towards a shared future in which there is:
- a place for the Voice of First Nations people in local government
- openness to the Truth of injustice in Australian history, and
- willingness to make a peace Treaty after the long struggle.
2019 has already seen different Council departments deliver actions that promote community participation in Reconciliation during National Reconciliation Week, NAIDOC Week, and throughout programs and events in the arts, libraries and environmental conservation. Council looks forward to consolidating its implementation of the RAP in the remainder of 2019, evaluating progress and identifying lessons and priorities for the future with the diversity of First Nations peoples who call Hobsons Bay home.
The artwork created for the cover of the RAP (see below) offers this hope and presents its challenge to Hobsons Bay from the Yarrabah community in the far north of Australia:
Bandu Gaddan - Come together as one mob
All hands in.
Reconciliation affects everyone and is everyone’s business.
Find strength connecting across land, sea and sky.