Council adopts reconciliation action plan

Published 2:00pm 14 December 2023

Council adopts reconciliation action plan
Words by Kylie Knight

Moreton Bay City Council adopted its inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) during yesterday's general meeting, marking an important step in the City’s journey toward reconciliation.

The plan will provide Council, in partnership with Reconciliation Australia, with a framework to engage meaningfully in reconciliation.

Mayor Peter Flannery says the City of Moreton Bay is committed to reconciliation and working in partnership with Traditional Custodians and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to shape a shared future for the benefit of all.

“Council recognises that Moreton Bay has always been a place of cultural, spiritual, social and economic significance for Traditional Custodians,” Mayor Flannery says.

“Implementing an Innovate RAP signals City of Moreton Bay’s readiness to strengthen relationships with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

“The actions and deliverables focus on building our cultural capability as an organisation, enhancing our recruitment and procurement practices to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and businesses, and building better community relationships.

“This RAP is a two-year plan, but Council's commitment to reconciliation is long term and we will continue to undertake further actions toward reconciliation.

“There are a number of initiatives, goals and aims outlined in this document to guide us forward, but holistically we want to create a city that advocates and partners with Traditional Custodians and the broader Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

“We want our staff to have the knowledge to support reconciliation in practical ways, and we want to ensure our resources and influence are utilised to combat racism and support equality, equity and opportunities for all peoples.”

Read more about the RAP here: Reconciliation Action Plan - City of Moreton Bay 

The RAP's cover artwork was created by First Nations contemporary artist Jenny Kent.

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