Glen Eira Reconciliation Action Plan October 2018–October 2020

Artist: Jarra Steel Artwork: Parpminata — ‘The Good Mother’

Our vision for reconciliation is for a unified, respectful and thriving community that embraces Australia’s First Peoples for their experiences of the past, their resilience in the present and their aspirations for the future.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is based on Reconciliation Australia’s framework and program guide that covers five key dimensions: race relations; equality and equity; institutional integrity; unity; and historical acceptance.

Our RAP is a two year plan that provides a structured approach to advance reconciliation both internally and with the Glen Eira community.  The focus of our plan is building respectful relationships and providing meaningful opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to live well, work, be acknowledged as Australia’s First Peoples and play a central role in Glen Eira’s development.

Council plans to achieve reconciliation is by:

  • acknowledging  the special relationship Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have as the Traditional Owners of this land;
  • creating an inclusive and engaged community where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples feel culturally safe;
  • increasing understanding of past injustices and their current impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to facilitate healing to move closer to a unified community with a shared future; and
  • appreciating and celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples cultures, histories and heritage, and the unique contribution it offers to the diversity of Glen Eira.

On Tuesday October 16 2018, Council approved its first Reconciliation Action Plan. 

This first RAP is an Innovate RAP which was developed with guidance and approval from Reconciliation Australia. 

Reconciliation Australia provides a structured approach for reconciliation plans that builds understanding, activity and progress on reconciliation over time. The stages for plans include:

  1. Reflect;
  2. Innovate;
  3. Stretch; and
  4. Elevate,

Each has minimum elements covering the themes of:

  • Relationships;
  • Respect;
  • Opportunities; and
  • Tracking our progress.

Council worked with an advisory group consisting of Traditional Owners from the Boon Wurrung Foundation, Local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents and workers and community leaders which steered us in developing the RAP and will continue to assist our implementation.  

Artist: Jarra Steel
Artwork: Parpminata — ‘The Good Mother’