The first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is being developed by the Local Land Services and they are looking for feedback on the final draft RAP that is currently on exhibition. Submissions for comment close on Monday, February 12.
The north coast region is the traditional home to a number of Aboriginal nations. Throughout the landscape there are cultural sites, special places and physical evidence of land use such as rock art, culturally modified trees, grinding grooves, artefact scatters and midden sites.
These form a record of occupation, cultural significance, land use and management. These are the places where traditional skills, knowledge and cultural practices are passed down from generation to generation.
Graeme Moss, Team Leader Strategic Land Services, said the organisation has a vision for reconciliation and to work collaboratively with Aboriginal people to help protect and strengthen cultural heritage, share traditional land management knowledge and care for Country.
‘Our goal is to establish a solid foundation that strengthens our ongoing commitment to support local Aboriginal communities, organisations, programs and events.
‘On the North Coast, we commenced this process with the appointment of an Aboriginal Community Advisory Group and the launch of the inaugural Aboriginal Engagement Plan in 2016.’
The draft RAP identifies actions that Local Land Services can take across key areas including, enhancing respect, enriching relationships and creating opportunities.
Community members who previously provided input into the Plan are encouraged to review the final draft prior to its adoption and implementation.
‘We are committed to advancing reconciliation by fostering partnerships and relationships that focus on embracing diversity, enhancing respect and providing equitable opportunities for and with Aboriginal people across the North Coast,” Graeme concluded.
To find out more and read the final draft RAP.