Council’s new RAP set to drop

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Glenorchy City Council is taking the next step in its the reconciliation journey, as it develops its Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

In 1997, the Council committed to reconciliation through its ‘Commitment to Aboriginal Australians’ statement, and has been working ever since to understand, acknowledge and appreciate Aboriginal history and society in the Glenorchy community.

The Council says developing the new RAP is “a process of organisational self-reflection, learning and cultural change” that will help it develop its vision and setting out actions that will prepare Glenorchy for the future.

“Council has a long and proud  history of working with Aboriginal community, but we  recognise there is still much to do,” Glenorchy Mayor Bec Thomas said.

“We are committed to strengthening our relationships and working with our community
to help us better understand, value and share with our staff and community the stories and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”

“In the months since announcing the beginning of the RAP process, Council has been
working with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and sought feedback from the broader community about what reconciliation means to the people of Glenorchy.

“Continuing to nurture and develop our relationships with groups such as Karadi Aboriginal Corporation, Glenorchy Reconciliation Group, the First Tasmanians Aboriginal Corporation and Reconciliation Tasmania has been pivotal to this process.

“We are proud to be deepening our understanding of and support for Aboriginal people through this initiative.”The next step in the process will be the creation of Aboriginal art to reflect Glenorchy’s RAP, and then the final endorsement of the RAP by Reconciliation Australia. Following this, the document will be considered for official endorsement.

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