Wel­come to Coun­try idea for meet­ings

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

The Shire of Ash­bur­ton has de­cided to in­ves­ti­gate the pos­si­bil­ity of start­ing coun­cil meet­ings with a for­mal Wel­come to Coun­try.

Shire coun­cil­lors reg­u­larly co­or­di­nate Wel­come to Coun­try ac­knowl­edge­ments at local events, but have never had a pol­icy on in­clud­ing them within coun­cil meet­ings.

The pro­posal is to add a Wel­come to Coun­try to the usual dec­la­ra­tion by coun­cil­lors that they have read and con­sid­ered the agenda, made at the open­ing of ev­ery meet­ing.

The pol­icy is in­tended to for­mally pay re­spect to the first peo­ple of the land when­ever coun­cil meets and fur­ther rec­on­cil­i­a­tion ef­forts by the shire.

A re­port will now be pre­pared.

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