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Share your views on our Draft Maroondah Reconciliation Action Plan 2018-2020

Published on 08 February 2019
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The Maroondah community is invited to have its say on the Draft Maroondah Reconciliation Action Plan 2018-2020, which seeks to achieve meaningful and sustainable reconciliation between Maroondah’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Maroondah Mayor, Councillor Rob Steane said it was imperative that the voices of the local community and local service providers were heard, with feedback on the draft plan now welcome.

“Council has worked closely with a range of Maroondah-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members in the development of the Reconciliation Action Plan.

“This plan seeks to reaffirm Council’s commitment to the important process of reconciliation and desire to build strong partnerships with the local Indigenous community,” Cr Steane said.

The Draft Maroondah Reconciliation Action Plan 2018-2020 sets out a strategic framework to inform the role of Council in working towards reconciliation in Maroondah based on the principles of equality, equity, recognition, respect, celebration, innovation and collaboration.

The action plan will build on Council’s considerable work within the reconciliation space to date, which has occurred under its Maroondah Reconciliation Policy Statement 2008 and which has included specific initiatives such as the annual Reconciliation Week activities, as well as collaborations with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and individuals on various initiatives, networks and events.

“Council continues to recognise the ongoing connection of Indigenous people to the land. Places across Maroondah have been named after words from the Wurundjeri language, such as the Mullum Mullum Cultural Heritage Trail depicting Aboriginal and early-settler history. The Aboriginal flag also flies permanently at Council offices.

“Since 2005, Council has supported the Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place with a range of initiatives, including NAIDOC Week celebrations, and over the years has supported various forums on reconciliation issues,” Cr Steane added.

Council’s current Reconciliation Policy Statement outlines four key areas of commitment and identifies strategies to assist in achieving our vision:

  • respect the contribution and importance of Indigenous history in the City of Maroondah
  • be culturally sensitive and responsive to the needs and aspirations of Indigenous people
  • be accountable, open and transparent to the community in decision making
  • create and promote opportunities for the Indigenous community to be actively engaged and involved in consultation and planning processes.

Council’s Draft Reconciliation Action Plan 2018-2020 is on public exhibition until Wednesday 20 February 2019.

Submissions and feedback on the draft plan will close on 20 February 2019 at 5pm.

Read more about the Draft Reconciliation Action Plan 2018-2020 on our Your Say Maroondah page

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