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Strengthening ties through Reconciliation Action Plan

Published: 29 January 2015

Strengthening ties through Reconciliation Action Plan
Community participants in the Reading for Reconciliation Book Club.

In another step towards creating a strong and inclusive community, Logan City Council has developed a draft Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for its staff.

Through the draft RAP, Council aims to build stronger relationships and partnerships between the organisation and the city's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. By increasing awareness and understanding, the RAP also has capacity to help build community pride, decrease prejudice and support an equitable workforce within Council.

The RAP process is a nationally recognised framework, with more than 500 organisations having adopted the approach across Australia.

Logan City Council Deputy CEO - Community and Customer Services, Oliver Simon, said Council was proud to be a national leader, with Logan City one of only a small number of councils across Australia to develop a RAP.

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

"There is a wealth of talent, success and creativity in Logan's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and while we celebrate these successes, we also acknowledge that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience ongoing disadvantage associated with the loss of people, lands, identity, language and culture, which continues to impact individuals and the community.

"Council has committed, through this draft RAP, to working within its sphere of influence to contribute to closing the gap locally."

An initiative of the Logan: City of Choice Action Plan 2013-2015, Council's draft RAP is supported by the draft Logan City Council Guideline for Acknowledging and Engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and Communities in the City of Logan.

Council's project working group is continuing to meet to finalise the draft RAP.