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Community input sought on draft Reconciliation Action Plan

Local Land Services is demonstrating its commitment to reconciliation through the development of its first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

A final draft RAP is currently on exhibition, which was developed after an extensive four-month, statewide consultation period.

Western Local Land Services Aboriginal Communities Officer, Blackie Gordon said the organisation had a vision for reconciliation and to work collaboratively with First Nations people to help protect and strengthen cultural heritage, share traditional land management knowledge and care for Country.

“Our goal is to establish a solid foundation that strengthens our ongoing commitment to support local Aboriginal communities, organisations, programs and events,” Mr Gordon said.

“More than 2,700 individuals and local Aboriginal groups were consulted across NSW to help in developing practical actions that build respectful relationships and create opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”

The final draft RAP has been prepared and updated to reflect the input gained from the consultation sessions and is on exhibition until Monday, 12 February.

The draft RAP identifies actions that Local Land Services can take across key areas including:

  • enhancing respect
  • enriching relationships
  • creating opportunities.

Mr Gordon encouraged community members who previously provided input into the Plan to review the final draft prior to its adoption and implementation.

“We are committed to advancing reconciliation by fostering partnerships and relationships that focus on embracing diversity, enhancing respect and providing equitable opportunities for and with First Nations people across NSW,” he said.

To find out more and read the final draft click here.

Media contact: Charlie Whiteley, Western Local Land Services, 0428 679 974