Celebrate our journey during National Reconciliation Week
  • Friday 28 April 2017

To commemorate National Reconciliation Week, council invites the community to head to the Caloundra Council Chambers courtyard at 9.30am on Monday, May 29 for a flag raising ceremony and traditional performances to launch the new Sunshine Coast Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

Each year, National Reconciliation Week runs from May 27 to June 3 (#NRW2017). It celebrates achievements in our journey towards reconciliation, with hundreds of events held nation-wide.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said it was fitting for council to launch the new Sunshine Coast Reconciliation Action Plan 2017-2019 during National Reconciliation Week which has the annual theme of “Let’s Take the Next Steps”.

“This year’s National Reconciliation Week is of particular significance as it commemorates 50 years since the 1967 referendum, and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Six years ago, Sunshine Coast Council was the first local government in Queensland to develop a RAP in partnership with Reconciliation Australia.

“We can be proud of our journey and our achievements in progressing reconciliation over this time.

“However, we still have much to do in ‘closing the gap’ in Indigenous disadvantage for our local communities.

“This is our second RAP and it further strengthens our capabilities to work more collaboratively with our key stakeholders and the growing population of our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community as we make our shared journey toward reconciliation.

“Our Sunshine Coast Social Strategy 2015 and our Corporate Plan 2017-2021 articulate a goal of a strong community, where ‘in all our communities, people are included, treated with respect, and opportunities are available to all’.”

Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said council had continued to show its commitment to reconciliation by endorsing the renewed Reconciliation Action Plan.

“The RAP outlines the actions council and its partners will take to build strong relationships and enhanced respect between the region’s Kabi Kabi and Jinibara First Nation peoples, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from other First Nation groups,” Cr McKay said.

“It highlights the important role that our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities play in the social, economic and cultural growth of our Sunshine Coast communities.

“It includes the establishment of a First Peoples Advisory Committee which will assist council in the implementation of the new RAP for the Sunshine Coast, while more traditional and contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural activities will be incorporated into council’s major creative events program.

“This milestone is another solid step forward on our reconciliation journey.”

The flag raising ceremony will be followed by light refreshments in Caloundra Regional Gallery.