Bayswater council passes motion to form Aboriginal Advisory Committee

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CITY of Bayswater council will aim to help increase equality and opportunities for Aboriginal people after the establishment of an Aboriginal Advisory Committee was passed.

At a meeting held this week, council decided to include the committee in the 2017-2021 corporate business plan and the 2017-18 budget, with its main aim to develop a reconciliation action plan.

According to a City report, action plans were seen as a valuable tool to facilitate organisational change to increase equality and opportunities for Aboriginal people.

Councillor Dan Bull, who originally brought the idea to council in May, said while he would like to see the committee established “significantly faster”, he was happy to respect the process for its inclusion in the business plan.

Mayor Barry McKenna said the creation of the group was a “small step” forward, like the addition of the Aboriginal flag at the front of council offices and acknowledgment of land at the beginning of meetings.

“Incrementally we’ve been catching up,” he said.

The action plan could include cultural awareness training for staff, increasing levels of employment of Aboriginal staff in the City and ensuring services are accessible for Aboriginal people.

About 1 per cent of Bayswater’s population – or 738 people – identify as Aboriginal.