Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
Reconciliation Action Plan 2015-2018
Our Vision for Reconciliation
We aim to create a future of mutual respect and harmony by collaborating with East Gippsland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, to develop actions that embed cultural change in the organisation through increased mutual understanding and effective partnerships. We will improve relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members by incorporating community input, involvement and contribution from the Shire’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The need for representation and protection for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage is increasingly recognised and the role in decision making about the future of East Gippsland is represented and protected.
East Gippsland Shire through our Reconciliation Action Plan are proud to be taking real action to improve our relationship with Aboriginal community members is significant for Council and we hope for our community.
Local Government has a responsibility to engage with and provide services to everyone in our community. East Gippsland, unlike many other places in Victoria, is fortunate to have a very vibrant and visible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community that provides a depth of cultural and community diversity that is significant in a Victorian context.
East Gippsland Shire Council has for many years now been very clear about its intent to better engage with and improve the relationship that Council has with community members. While the level of engagement has been slowly growing over the last few years, the opportunity to prepare a Reconciliation Action Plan has enabled Council to take a proactive and strategic approach to formalise and publicly commit to a range of actions that set out our contribution to reconciliation in East Gippsland.
The Reconciliation Action Plan has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia and this endorsement comes with a responsibility to report publicly on the achievement of actions on at least an annual basis and so we aim to ensure that Council’s achievements are promoted in a way that reveals the real impact of having a planned and strategic approach to building Relationships, Respect and Opportunities in East Gippsland.
The artwork on the Plan titled “Over Time We Come Together” by local artist Cassie Leatham was selected through an art competition where local Aboriginal artists were invited to enter a piece of work that represented what Reconciliation means to them. In describing the work, Cassie Says “the artwork means acknowledging a multicultural community, building bridges, working together and understanding each other”.
For further information please contact Kate Nelson, Director of Planning and Community or Sascha Johns, Community Programs Coordinator on 51539500