City of Bayswater’s first Reconciliation Action Plan in the works

L-R: Danni Cameron (Committee member, AAC), Stacy Maxted (Committee member, AAC) and Cr Stephanie Gray (City of Bayswater). Photo: David Baylis
L-R: Danni Cameron (Committee member, AAC), Stacy Maxted (Committee member, AAC) and Cr Stephanie Gray (City of Bayswater). Photo: David Baylis

THE voices of the Aboriginal community have been reflected in the City of Bayswater’s first Reconciliation Action Plan.

Part one of the draft plan, titled Reflect, is currently being reviewed by Reconciliation Australia where recommendations will be made to the City before formal implementation.

It was formed by the Aboriginal Advisory Committee, which included chairwoman and Bayswater councillor Stephanie Gray, community members and City officers.

The council endorsed the draft plan in January.

Cr Gray said it took about 12 months to develop the first part of the plan.

“We are really excited about going forward in a positive way with it,” she said.

“The community engagement has been the most exciting thing along with hearing what the community wants and giving the opportunity for Aboriginal people in the community to have their voice and make it heard.”

Fellow committee member Stacey Maxted said it was an “entry point” to having more Aboriginal engagement in the City.

She said it was important to implement positive changes for children in the future.

“The City of Bayswater have been really good in allowing us to come in and work with the Aboriginal community, come up with this plan, implement those steps and walk forward together,” she said.

Mayor Dan Bull thanked the committee, council, staff and residents who took part in community engagement activities.

“As our first Reconciliation Action Plan, this will pave the way for the City’s unique reconciliation journey and provide a framework to guide the City’s staff and council towards creating an inclusive and respectful environment in which the cultures of our first people are acknowledged, shared and celebrated,” he said.