Yesterday the Ombudsman tabled a report in Parliament — Investigation into three councils’ outsourcing of parking fine internal reviews. The report makes three recommendations for reform to the State Government and two recommendations for the three councils subject to the review — including Glen Eira City Council.
Glen Eira City Council Chief Executive Officer Rebecca McKenzie, Glen Eira Mayor Cr Tony Athanasopoulos and Boon Wurrung Foundation Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Gheran Steel today signed a Memorandum of Agreement.
The Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation are the traditional custodians of the area that now makes up the southern and south eastern suburbs of Melbourne, which includes the City of Glen Eira.
Cr Athanasopoulos said the purpose of the agreement is to recognise the Boon Wurrung Foundation Ltd. as the primary advisers of Council on Aboriginal cultural knowledge.
"Through our work with the Boon Wurrung people, Council will work to build respect and understanding between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the broader Glen Eira community," he said.
"As part of this collaborative partnership, the Boon Wurrung Foundation Ltd. will provide guidance and support to Council with the development, implementation and review of its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
"The key message in this RAP is respect and unity between Australia’s first people and other Australians, and for all of us to share pride in our indigenous cultural heritage."
Council’s draft RAP will be available for comments and feedback in April. The RAP will be formally registered with Reconciliation Australia.