Na­tional Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Week events in Hor­sham

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil launched its In­no­vate Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Ac­tion Plan (RAP) on Monday as part of the of­fi­cial launch of Na­tional Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Week (NRW). Mayor Mark Rad­ford hosted a morn­ing tea at Hor­sham Re­gional Art Gallery, where the RAP was dis­trib­uted to a crowd of about 40 Wim­mera peo­ple. “Our In­no­vate Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Ac­tion af­firms Coun­cil’s commitment to be­ing a com­mu­nity where Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple are val­ued and re­spected,” Cr Rad­ford said. “This document has been de­vel­oped by lis­ten­ing and en­gag­ing with our local Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple, res­i­dents, ser­vice providers, local schools, Coun­cil staff and other stake­hold­ers through­out 2018. The RAP has been en­dorsed by Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Aus­tralia. “Key stake­hold­ers will work closely with Coun­cil to im­ple­ment and mon­i­tor the ac­tions taken over the next two years. The RAP will also be re­ported on an­nu­ally in Coun­cil’s An­nual Re­port.” Cr Rad­ford en­cour­aged all Wim­mera peo­ple to be in­volved in NRW (27 May to 3 -une) events across the mu­nic­i­pal­ity. He said this year’s theme was ‘grounded in truth’ which aimed to gen­er­ate dis­cus­sion about Aus­tralia’s colo­nial his­tory. “The week pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­landers peo­ples and the broader com­mu­nity to strengthen their re­la­tion­ships by con­tin­u­ing to heal his­tor­i­cal wounds,” Cr Rad­ford said. “Truth telling is an im­por­tant step in mov­ing for­ward with a uni­fied fu­ture, based on un­der­stand­ing and re­spect.” On Tues­day there was a morn­ing tea cel­e­bra­tion at Skil­lIn­vest fol­lowed by an art­work dis­play at Wim­mera Health Care Group. Fed­er­a­tion Univer­sity will host a Film Fes­ti­val on Wed­nes­day from 11am at 289 Bail­lie Street. On Thursday, Wim­mera Catch­ment Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity and Gwmwa­ter will hold an­other morn­ing tea from 10am at the CMA of­fices, 24 Dar­lot Street, Hor­sham. Each year Na­tional Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Week builds on the re­spect­ful re­la­tion­ships shared by Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ple and other Aus­tralians.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.