Nominations wanted for reconciliation plan

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THE City of Joondalup is seeking nominations from people who would like to help guide the development of a plan to improve relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Individuals, organisations and businesses with a connection to the area can nominate to be part of a community reference group to establish the City’s first Reconciliation Action Plan, which will consider ways for the City to contribute to reconciliation “in a way that is meaningful, mutually beneficial and sustainable”.

The plan will include practical actions, either new or harnessing existing initiatives, built on relationships, respect and opportunity.

According to a recent council document, it is hoped the plan will formalise the City’s commitment to reconciliation, strengthen meaningful links with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, bring a sense of vision and purpose to the City’s current reconciliation contributions, foster a culturally safe, understanding, welcoming and respectful workplace and community, bring positive behavioural and attitudinal change through partnerships and cultural celebration, and creating ongoing conversation and engagement.

The community reference group will include the mayor as the interim chairman, two councillors, up to eight community members and up to four representatives from organisational groups.

Once all members have been confirmed, the group will then decide who is most suited to take over as chair.

Nominations to be part of the group close at 5pm on Thursday, November 21.

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The Joondalup council will then decide on the successful group members.

Mayor Albert Jacob said the development of a Reconciliation Action Plan was a “very important process”.

“The City has mature and rich relationships with a number of elders in the area and we hope to grow these,” he said.

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