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Strengthening ties through Reconciliation Action Plan

Published: 25 June 2015

Strengthening ties through Reconciliation Action Plan

In another step towards creating a strong and inclusive community, Logan City Council has adopted a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for its staff as a key initiative of the Logan: City of Choice Two-Year Action Plan (2013-2015).

Through the 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, a 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 600 organisations having adopted the approach across Australia.

Logan City Council CEO Chris Rose said Council was proud to be a national leader, with Logan City one of only 36 local government authorities across Australia to develop a RAP.

"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," Mr Rose said.

Sport and Community Services Committee Chair Councillor Russell Lutton said the RAP was a positive step for Council.

"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 lands, identity, language and culture, which continues to impact individuals and the community.

"Through the RAP, Council commits to working within its sphere of influence to contribute to closing the gap locally,' Councillor Lutton said.

The draft Reconciliation Action Plan was open for community feedback in March and April, and was endorsed by Council this month.

Council's RAP will also be supported by a Guideline for Engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the City of Logan, which will be available for Council staff over the coming months.