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Council endorses Reconciliation Plan

Uncle Rick Nelson on stage performing a Welcome to Country at the Australia Day community event.

Monday 22 June 2020

Mount Alexander Shire Council has adopted a Reconciliation Plan 2020-2023 that outlines the ways it will continue to work in partnership with the local Indigenous community and representative organisations to promote reconciliation.

The plan has three themes of partnership, recognition and empowerment with 35 actions such as continuing to host the Indigenous Roundtable, exploring opportunities for Indigenous burning practices to be incorporated into fire prevention strategies and supporting the development and installation of a local Indigenous mud map for Victory Park.

Council’s Inclusive Communities Coordinator Shana Cropley said the plan has a vision to ‘Walk together with courage and purpose’.

“This vision has taken shape over time through reflection and discussion with our local Elders,” said Ms Cropley.

“It is a statement that we collectively believe captures the spirit in which we work – in partnership, facing the challenges unique to our own perspective, but always driven by a shared goal,” she said.

Council developed the plan in consultation with members of the local First Nations community. It reflects the achievements of Council and the community to date, and identifies opportunities to strengthen the initiatives and progress already made towards reconciliation.

It also incorporates Council’s responsibilities under the Recognition and Settlement Agreements in place with the Registered Aboriginal Parties representing Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurung peoples.

Ms Cropley said Council will now engage a local Indigenous artist to help bring the plan to life, and will officially launch it at an event later in the year.

“Everyone has a part to play in reconciliation and we are seeing the importance of this work resonating in many ways at this time,” she said.

“We are proud to be working with our Indigenous community and look forward to sharing the plan with the community.”

Image: Uncle Rick Nelson performs a Welcome to Country at the Australia Day community event. Photo: Diana Domonkos.

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