New Reconciliation Action Plan out for comment

Published on Monday, 23 October 2023 at 12:05:05 PM

The Town is delighted to announce that we have taken the next step along our reconciliation journey with the development of the Town’s next Reconciliation Action Plan – the Innovate RAP.

The Town’s Reconciliation Action plan guides our organisation to sustainably and strategically take meaningful action to advance reconciliation.

Our reconciliation journey began in 2013 with the formation of an Aboriginal Advisory Group led by Kelsi Forrest, Dylan Collard, Simon and Roni Forrest, which was later renamed to be the Mindeera Advisory Group.

Together with this group, the Town embarked in 2016 to create the Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2018 - 2022, providing a framework for the Town to work towards reconciliation, through completing actions and deliverables relating to the core pillars of the Reconciliation Australia framework.

As the Reflect RAP approached its end, the Town began developing the Innovate RAP in 2022 in consultation with Town staff, community members, Elected Members, the Mindeera Advisory Group and Reconciliation Australia.

Development of the Innovate RAP involved refinement of the Reconciliation Australia baseline deliverables, as well as the addition of further deliverables to address community feedback and local priorities.

The draft Innovate RAP contains 64 deliverables across the four core Reconciliation Australia pillars of relationships, respect, opportunities and governance.

Focus areas include:

  • Care for Country and promote community connection to Country in the Town
  • Promote healing and restoration of culturally significant sites within the Town
  • Improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recruitment and provide greater opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to participate in our work
  • Develop and sustain a commitment to truth telling through communications, events, dates of significance and community engagement
  • A continued commitment to building respect and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in our workplace and the community


To find out more, read the draft plan in full and share your feedback, visit Your Thoughts below or contact the Town on 9311 8111 or

Your Thoughts | Reconciliation Action Plan: Innovate

Comments are invited from all community members from 23 October to 13 November 2023.

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