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Council to foster reconciliation

12th May 2023
Barunga West Council has announced its commitment to developing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to strengthen its positive relationship with the Nharangga people on Yorke Peninsula.

This comes after Council in February announced its partnership with the Nharangga Aboriginal Progress Association to establish Nharangga Wambana Ngarga (Nharangga Knowledge Group), a community group providing cultural advice on Council projects.

Since 2006, Reconciliation Action Plans have enabled organisations including most State Government departments and major councils, to sustainably and strategically take meaningful action to advance reconciliation.

RAPs are built on the core pillars of relationships, respect, and opportunities. They provide tangible and substantive benefits for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, fostering economic equity and supporting First Nations self-determination.

“By developing our own RAP, Barunga West Council is taking a proactive step in strengthening our already positive relationship with the Nharangga people,” said Maree Wauchope, Barunga West Council’s CEO.

“We recognise the importance of building respectful partnerships and creating opportunities that empower our local Indigenous community.

“The RAP would solidify our Council's unwavering commitment to driving positive change and fostering reconciliation. It serves as a testament to our dedication in creating meaningful and lasting impacts.

“Council staff are deeply committed to working towards true reconciliation, and so the RAP we plan to develop is not just a static document but a ‘Living Document’ that will constantly be reviewed, changed, and adapted over time to ensure its relevance and effectiveness in promoting reconciliation in our region.”

To ensure an inclusive and collaborative approach, Council will work closely with the Nharangga Aboriginal Progress Association to ensure the RAP aligns with the needs and aspirations of the community. Council will also actively seek input from the broader community to ensure a comprehensive and representative plan.

The RAP will be included as part of Council’s 2023/24 Annual Business Plan.