Vincent reconciliation plan marks 50 years since referendum gave indigenous people more equality

Vincent Deputy Mayor Roslyn Harley, Maria McAtackney of Nyoongar Outreach Services, Mayor Emma Cole, Community Development Officer Lucinda Keillor, Director of Community Engagement Michael Quirk and Case Manager Foyer Oxford Kathy Kickett.
Vincent Deputy Mayor Roslyn Harley, Maria McAtackney of Nyoongar Outreach Services, Mayor Emma Cole, Community Development Officer Lucinda Keillor, Director of Community Engagement Michael Quirk and Case Manager Foyer Oxford Kathy Kickett.

CITY Of Vincent’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) launch this weekend will mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum that gave the indigenous community more equality.

The City endorsed its RAP in April, after a group of two councillors, three City staff and five community representatives met four times since July 2016 to compile it.

The RAP outlines ideas for ways the City can strengthen its relationship with the Aboriginal community.

Mayor Emma Cole said the RAP had to meet Reconciliation Australia’s high standards.

“They won’t allow it to be a fluffy statement, it has to be tangible and meaningful, it has to consolidate what you’re doing and drive to do more,” she said.

RAP’s launch on Saturday, May 27 at Weld Square between 10am and 12pm as part of Reconciliation Week and will mark the anniversary of the Referendum results that allowed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’s in the census and for the Australian Government to make laws for them.

The event is an open community celebration with food, entertainment, the creation of a commemorative artwork and a live broadcast by Noongar Radio.

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