Indigenous engagement plan devised
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.