In­dige­nous en­gage­ment plan de­vised

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - ■ Tom Zaun­mayr

The City of Kar­ratha has for­malised its com­mit­ment to achiev­ing bet­ter re­sults for Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple in the re­gion through the de­vel­op­ment of an in­dige­nous en­gage­ment strat­egy.

The pro­posed two-year strat­egy aims to im­prove out­comes for Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple in five fo­cus ar­eas — in­creas­ing aware­ness and recog­ni­tion of in­dige­nous cul­ture, build­ing strong and mean­ing­ful re­la­tion­ships, in­creas­ing com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion, work­force de­vel­op­ment, and con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment.

Sug­ges­tions to date in­clude es­tab­lish­ing an in­dige­nous ad­vi­sory group to pro­vide rec­om­men­da­tions to the coun­cil, sup­port­ing wider ac­knowl­edg­ment of Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture in City pro­grams and ser­vices, seek­ing part­ner­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties with in­dige­nous or­gan­i­sa­tions, and ex­pand­ing in­dige­nous em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties within the City.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the strat­egy was a ma­jor mile­stone in de­vel­op­ing a whole-of-or­gan­i­sa­tion ap­proach to ac­tive in­dige­nous en­gage­ment.

“We have been work­ing closely with stake­hold­ers to de­velop a strat­egy that sig­nif­i­cantly im­proves how the City un­der­takes in­dige­nous en­gage­ment ac­tiv­i­ties,” he said.

“The IES pro­vides the City of Kar­ratha a frame­work to build and im­prove cul­tural aware­ness among its em­ploy­ees and achieve a vi­sion of a united com­mu­nity which re­spects the land, val­ues and her­itage of our re­gion.

“The IES is chang­ing the way the City en­gages with Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple of our re­gion to en­sure we are more flex­i­ble and bet­ter adapted to meet­ing the as­pi­ra­tions of our first peo­ples.”

Ngar­li­yarndu Bindirri Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Su­san Shirtliff wel­comed the ini­tia­tive.

“We wel­come this ini­tia­tive to trans­form the re­la­tion­ship be­tween lo­cal govern­ment and lo­cal peo­ple,” she said.

“The IES will al­low the City to fo­cus on the path­way to bring first­class lo­cal govern­ment to our first na­tion peo­ple.”

The pro­posed in­dige­nous en­gage­ment strat­egy is open for pub­lic feed­back un­til Fe­bru­ary 18.

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