Reconciliation Action Plan showcased in Parliament

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Mayor Cr Amanda Stevens welcomed the opportunity to present Council’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) at an event held in conjunction with the Prime Minister’s annual ‘Closing the Gap’ speech at Parliament House in Canberra on 6 February.

“I was delighted that the City of Port Phillip was the only council invited to present our RAP in Canberra. It shows our commitment to reconciliation is being recognised at a national level.

“Following Prime Minister Julia Gillard ‘Closing the Gap’ speech, The Prime Minister and Jenny Macklin, Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs turned their attention to the 40 organisations and companies gathered to present their RAPs.

“It was great to see government organisations and private corporations coming together to show their commitment to reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians,” she said.

The Mayor says a major highlight of her visit was the opportunity for staff to present the RAP personally to the Prime Minister.

“One of the best parts of the trip was the chance for City of Port Phillipstaff to hand the RAP to the Prime Minister in person. I also attended the Prime Minister’s dinner, where I took the opportunity to discuss Council’s commitment to reconciliation with Minister Macklin,” she said.

The City of Port Phillip’s RAP explores employment opportunities; builds awareness, support and understanding; and enhances cultural and economic development for local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Mayor Cr Amanda Stevens said the RAP is an important piece of work for the City of Port Phillip as it is the guiding policy on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues in our municipality.

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