Glen Eira Reconciliation Action Plan

Glen Eira City Council has commenced a journey of reconciliation to build a future that is inclusive, respectful, and aware of the contribution of our first Australians to the community that we are today.

Guided by the work of an advisory group of Traditional Owners and community leaders, together with consultation with the Glen Eira community, a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) has been developed and was endorsed by Council in October 2018.

The Glen Eira Reconciliation Action Plan 2018-2020 provides a structured approach to advance reconciliation, focused on building respectful relationships and providing meaningful opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to live and work well, and be acknowledged for their role in the history and development of our City.

Council's RAP is an innovate RAP, developed within the framework set out and approved by Reconciliation Australia.

You can read the new Glen Eira RAP here.

As we move from development to implementation, we are seeking the community's feedback on the RAP and their input on putting the RAP into practice - how to build knowledge of the RAP and engagement with the strategies and actions it sets out for Glen Eira.

You can give us your feedback on the RAP document by sharing a thought in the Guestbook.

And you can help us plan for implementing the RAP by taking the short survey which asks you for your views and ideas on how we can build relationship and improve knowledge and understanding in support of reconciliation.

Glen Eira City Council has commenced a journey of reconciliation to build a future that is inclusive, respectful, and aware of the contribution of our first Australians to the community that we are today.

Guided by the work of an advisory group of Traditional Owners and community leaders, together with consultation with the Glen Eira community, a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) has been developed and was endorsed by Council in October 2018.

The Glen Eira Reconciliation Action Plan 2018-2020 provides a structured approach to advance reconciliation, focused on building respectful relationships and providing meaningful opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to live and work well, and be acknowledged for their role in the history and development of our City.

Council's RAP is an innovate RAP, developed within the framework set out and approved by Reconciliation Australia.

You can read the new Glen Eira RAP here.

As we move from development to implementation, we are seeking the community's feedback on the RAP and their input on putting the RAP into practice - how to build knowledge of the RAP and engagement with the strategies and actions it sets out for Glen Eira.

You can give us your feedback on the RAP document by sharing a thought in the Guestbook.

And you can help us plan for implementing the RAP by taking the short survey which asks you for your views and ideas on how we can build relationship and improve knowledge and understanding in support of reconciliation.

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Look forward to seeing this in action :)

heymick8 over 3 years ago

I support the proposal to establish a RAP. However, I would like the RAP to be inclusive of all indigenous Australians. Charles N

Kooyong38 almost 4 years ago

I definitely support Glen Eira having a RAP. The organisation I work for has one, and it can make a difference if it gets the attention and resources it needs. Although I’ve lived in the area for 10 years, and read about indigenous issues, I’m embarrassed to say I’ve not heard of the Boon Wurrung people before. I wonder if there could be some permanent reminders about the traditional owners placed around the area to share their stories or history. Surely we could mark more than just the Ross town rail trail. The only permanent reminder I can think of is a negative one - East Boundary Rd. I don’t know if that could be renamed, or if that may be considered wiping away history that should also be remembered. Anyway, a RAP will help to set and meet aspirations or targets for employment, procurement and greater involvement and visibility of our Aboriginal community.

MelindaGr about 4 years ago

Let us now have some real action!

ClaudB about 4 years ago

My idea for supporting reconciliation is toprovide opportunities for the community of Glen Eira to learn more about indigenous culture and in particular history. One way this may be done effectively is through a film festival and panel discussion with indigenous community members. Films such as ‘freedom ride’, ‘lousy little sixpence’ and ‘Australia daze’ may be some thought provoking films to watch and discuss. Naomi Halperin

NaomiHa about 4 years ago

I think a RAP is a great idea and there are many wrongs to be atoned for and to be righted. However a RAP needs a defined end point, otherwise it implies that reconciliation is unachievable.
What outcomes are required for Reconciliation to be acknowledged by all parties as having been successfully achieved and the plan able to be regarded as resolved? I hope the plan will include criteria that deem the plans aims have been fully satisfied.

DavidRingelblum about 4 years ago

250 people in GlenEira identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. How many identify as Boon Wurrung? It would probably be more practical to ask each of the A&TI people who identify as Boon Wurrung what assistance or support they need than to engage in the Reconciliation circus that delivers more symbolism than practical action to enhance the lives of indigenous Australians.

ckraina about 4 years ago

Great to read about the forming of Glen Eira Reconciliation Action Plan.

paulcaine about 4 years ago

Fantastic initiative it is so important as Boon Wurrung are traditional custodians of this land in Glen Eira and it is crucial that they have a voice in how we use the land, care for it as current custodians, and ensure it is healthy for future generations. I would like to see more ways in which community can engage with Boon Wurrung traditional owners such as through land care, plant use, and care for our water ways.

Pascale over 4 years ago

It is important to have positive, active and really practical actions. I would like to see these initiatives reported. It is time to have full visibility of our diverse, multicultural society and not hide and ignore the treatment of indigenous Australians.

Mark K over 4 years ago

It is wonderful that is establishing a RAP, I was surprised to note one of the actions is to develop a business case for Indigenous employment within the council. Employment is a key factor to address persistent economic and social disadvantaged faced by our first people - this is well documented so no business case should be required. As civic leaders of our community council should be role models for workforce diversity - don't let progress be hampered by endless review of business cases, action should be to immediately develop an Indigenous Employment Plan.

resident over 4 years ago

The fact GECC has an RAP is definitely a step in the right direction. Wondering if there has been anything recently about the RAP in the council newspaper? If not, then it would be good to see an item about this topic in the near future. If there has been an item and I've missed it, then I will pay much closer attention to the next Council news.

pisces-12pc95i over 4 years ago

Great to see Glen Eira moving from recognition and celebratory events (e.g. at Mallanbool Reserve) to a RAP.

Kent Brockman over 4 years ago
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