Changes in name of reconcilia­tion

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

LO­CA­TIONS in the City of Fre­man­tle will have dual names as part of the coun­cil’s reconcilia­tion plan.

The coun­cil ticked off on the Walyalup Reconcilia­tion Ac­tion Plan 2019-2022 at its June 26 meet­ing, with 15 ac­tions and 74 de­liv­er­ables in­cluded.

Among the other ac­tion items in the plan are cross­cul­tural com­pe­tence train­ing for staff and coun­cil­lors, en­cour­ag­ing ed­u­ca­tion about Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lander per­spec­tives in schools in the City and en­cour­ag­ing event or­gan­is­ers to in­cor­po­rate Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lander ac­tiv­i­ties.

Abo­rig­i­nal El­ders Ben Tay­lor Cuier­mara and Mingli Wan­jurri McGlade spoke at the meet­ing and thanked Mayor Brad Pet­titt and the City for their work on the plan.

Dr Pet­titt talked about how the plan was put to­gether and said the rec­om­men­da­tions were ex­cit­ing and am­bi­tious.

The plan was ap­proved unan­i­mously.

It will be sent to Reconcilia­tion Aus­tralia for fi­nal en­dorse­ment.

De­vel­op­ment of the plan be­gan in Novem­ber 2017 and it in­cluded meet­ings with Abo­rig­i­nal people and key stake­hold­ers.

The wider com­mu­nity was able to con­trib­ute via the My Say por­tal.

The City pre­vi­ously ap­proved an Abo­rig­i­nal En­gage­ment Plan in 2015, which aimed to as­sist­ing its re­la­tions with the Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity.

Fre­man­tle Mayor Brad Pet­titt.

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