Coun­cil lead­ing way in rec­on­cil­i­a­tion

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

CAIRNS Re­gional Coun­cil is lead­ing the way as the first coun­cil in Queens­land and one of 12 in Australia to adopt a plan un­der the Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Australia Pro­gram.

The Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Ac­tion Plan will fo­cus on clos­ing the gap on health, so­cial and eco­nomic dis­ad­van­tages faced by many Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­land peo­ple.

Im­prov­ing health and well­be­ing, elim­i­nat­ing the 17-year dif­fer­ence in life ex­pectancy for Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­land peo­ple com­pared to other Aus­tralians and strength­en­ing re­la­tion­ships through bet­ter un­der­stand­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion are goals out­lined in the RAP.

Pro­vid­ing and cre­at­ing en­vi­ron­ments that con­trib­ute to eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties is also a fo­cus of the coun­cil’s RAP.

Na­tional Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Week kicks off on May 27 and the coun­cil is invit­ing Dou­glas lo­cals to at­tend a com­mu­nity dis­cus­sion about rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and what it means to peo­ple from all com­mu­ni­ties.

The com­mu­nity dis­cus­sion will take place on Tues­day, May 29, from 10.30am to noon at the coun­cil ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing on Front St, Moss­man. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Bren­dan Leish­man on 4099 9419.

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