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Council to consider ways to progress Indigenous reconciliation

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On Wednesday the Council will be asked to form a governance group to progress the development of Indigenous reconciliation across Greater Bendigo.

A report to Council recommends it join with representatives from the Dja Dja Wurrung Aboriginal Corporation and Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation.

To ensure the City of Greater Bendigo, as an organisation, also assists the reconciliation process, the report recommends it develop a Reconciliation Action Plan and that Council nominate three Councillors to join a Community Reference Group. 

A RAP is an internal document for the City that aims to promote reconciliation between non-Indigenous Australians and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Greater Bendigo.

The City’s RAP would outline how the organisation can put reconciliation into action by providing opportunities for increased wellbeing, building respectful relationships and recognising culture and community.

A report to the Council notes more than 360 organisations have developed RAPs, including different levels of government, different government departments, educational institutions, not-for-profits, sporting clubs and the corporate sector (which has more RAPs than any other sector).

The development of the City’s RAP will follow the framework set out by Reconciliation Australia and will be based on the themes of respect, relationships and opportunities.

The report refers to the 2012 RAP Impact Measurement Report which demonstrated a number of tangible benefits of RAPs including:

  • 77 per cent of employees that worked at an organisation with a RAP stated that they were proud of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture compared to 51 per cent of the general population.
  • RAP organisations are employing more than 18,972 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • 86 per cent of RAP employees have taken action to support reconciliation compared to 50 per cent of the general population.

The development of a RAP responds, in part, to Recommendation 47 of the Independent Review of the City.

To view the Council Agenda visit www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/agendas

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