The Port Lincoln City Council is working on its first Reconciliation Action Plan, in collaboration with its R.A.P. working group.
The plan is set to follow the Reconciliation Australia Framework of, Relationships, Respect and Opportunity.
The City’s Reflect R.A.P. is set to be a foundation for strengthening and supporting the advancement of meaningful Reconciliation within Port Lincoln.
The working party includes representatives from the Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation, and Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Services, with input from the Port Lincoln Aboriginal Community Council helping to develop the draft plan.
The final Reconciliation Action Plan is hoped to be launched during the reschedule NAIDOC Week in November.
Jayden Richards, BDAC Director and RAP Working Party Co-Chair said “I am proud to be a part of developing the City of Port Lincoln’s first RAP as a Barngarla descendant and as a Port Lincoln Aboriginal Community member. Having a seat at the table will further develop relationships between the Aboriginal community and the Port Lincoln City Council and the RAP is a step in the right direction to further our community as a whole”.
Mayor Brad Flaherty said “The Reflect RAP will provide a clear and structured framework to apply the principles of Reconciliation across Council functions and activities, assist in creating opportunities and promote a culture of respect and understanding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in our community. We are proud to be developing our first RAP and very pleased to have the input, wisdom and guidance provided by our Reconciliation Action Plan Working Party, and in particular by Jason Bilney, Jayden Richards (co-chair) and Harry Miller”.
Port Lincoln City Council has recently resolved to include an Acknowledgement of Country at each Council Meeting.