Cessnock City Council adopts first Reconciliation Action Plan

Cessnock City Council has recently adopted its inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) developed in collaboration with members of its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee.

Cessnock City Council has recently adopted its inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) developed in collaboration with members of its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee.

Joining only a handful of councils in NSW to adopt a RAP, the plan will provide Council in building cultural ties and opportunities with the community.   

The 2011 Census recorded 4.8 per cent of the Cessnock City population identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander—a number well above the national average.  

“Cessnock City Council’s vision is to build on the unity and respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the greater community,” Cessnock City Mayor Councillor Bob Pynsent said.  

“This is the first in a series of plans that will reflect our commitment to create meaningful, effective change within our organisation and we hope to lead by example.”  

Council currently engages with the Barkuma Neighbourhood Centre, Black Creek Aboriginal Corporation and Aboriginal Education Consultative Group to assist with the delivery of a range of programs celebrating NAIDOC Week.  

“The RAP provides the framework for Council to make a difference by actively embracing opportunities to work with, employ and partner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” Cr Pynsent said.   

Council is committed to deliver the 13 actions of the plan in 2016 including the support of NAIDOC Week, raising internal awareness and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural protocols.  

Furthermore Council will commence the development of strategies that will help to establish future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander economic and employment opportunities.  

The RAP signifies the path on which the community will work with Council to build a better future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.  

For more information and to see the full RAP visit our website.

29 February 2016