Sutherland Shire Council is seeking to draw on the experience and cultural understanding of local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people to guide the way towards reconciliation as part of a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) set to be developed by Council.
The project, to be driven by a specially convened working group, is aimed at further recognising and celebrating the history and culture indigenous to the Sutherland Shire.
Council is inviting expressions of interest from local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community representatives to join the working group and play a key role in leading the development of the RAP.
Sutherland Shire Mayor, Councillor Carmelo Pesce hoped that the development and adoption of a RAP would help to advance the cause of reconciliation locally.
“Sutherland Shire Council has worked for many years to foster strong and respectful relations with our local First Nations community, and we hope to see these efforts strengthened even further through the development of this Reconciliation Action Plan,” Councillor Pesce said.
The role of the working group will be to provide guidance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and culture in the development of Council’s RAP, as well as advancing the profile of reconciliation in the Sutherland Shire.
“Council host a number of events and initiatives each year, including our Meeting of Two Cultures and NAIDOC Week events, which continue to nurture our intention of uniting relationships as we work towards a better future for our community and all Australians,” Councillor Pesce said.
“We are passionate about supporting the community to celebrate and acknowledge its rich local history and we strive to foster meaningful relationships with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.”
Expressions of interest for the RAP working group committee close Friday 28 August 2020.
For those interested in learning more about the proposed RAP working group or to request an expression of interest form, please