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Reconciliation Action Plan endorsed

Published: 26 June 2015

Reconciliation Action Plan endorsed

Council's draft Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) has been formally endorsed in another step towards creating a strong and inclusive community.

Sports and Community Services Committee Chair, Councillor Russell Lutton (Division 2), said the draft RAP has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia and had received significant support from the community during the public consultation period earlier this year. The plan will now become a key strategy in guiding Council's reconciliation initiatives.

"We highly value our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and by adopting a RAP, we are clearly demonstrating our commitment to the reconciliation process," he said.

"Council celebrates the wealth of talent, success and creativity in Logan's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

"But we also acknowledge that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples experience ongoing disadvantage associated with the loss of lands, identity, language and culture, which continues to impact individuals and the community.

"This document marks the beginning of a whole or Council approach to working within its sphere of influence to build respect, strengthen relationships, and enhance opportunities within an inclusive community.

"I am proud to say that we have already implemented several key actions, including flying of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags out the front of Logan City Council's Administration building.

"Council has also committed to maintaining a Reconciliation Action Plan working group, which will meet on a quarterly basis, to guide implementation and ensure accountability on Council's undertakings.

"While we still have a long way to go, but I'm excited by our progress and am looking forward to the next step in our shared journey."

The full RAP will be available on Council's website at www.logan.qld.gov.au