We went to the community to gather ideas to help guide the development of the new Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), complementing work being done with Traditional Owners. We wanted to further establish Glen Eira as a culturally safe place to live, work and visit and gather the community’s thoughts on the topic so their ideas could be incorporated to help reconciliation progress.
One hundred survey responses were collected from the survey on Have Your Say. Many ideas were shared about how reconciliation could progress and there was a noticeable focus on education pieces, presence at Council events and family-oriented activities.
The new RAP used many ideas brought forward by the community during the engagement period. Using findings from the Glen Eira Indigenous History Report, visible markers and signage were developed at sites across Glen Eira and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources have been expanded on Council’s website. Council will continue to organise National Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week activities and Acknowledge Traditional Owners at all community events.
Throughout the life of the new RAP, easy-to-read resources will be available for download on our website, social media messages and posts will be created that can be shared. We will share knowledge of the RAP face-to-face with the community at events and provide hard copy information for community groups.
A priority of the new RAP is to use family events to engage, share culture and educate. We will work with libraries to present storytime events, information boards at Mallanbool Reserve on native plans and how they were used by the Kulin people are also being updated. We will invite local and Victorian First Nations’ people to tell their stories at Council events.