Reconciliation

Reconciliation is about building better relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and the wider community.

Reconciliation is about ‘a united Australia which respects this land of ours, values Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and provides justice and equity for all’.

Reference: Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation.

Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week is held annually from 27 May – 3 June. Keep an eye on this page to be updated on the plans for 2020 Reconciliation Week.

The theme for 2019 was ‘Grounded in truth, walk together with courage’, that asked us to reflect on the truth of the past, no matter how confronting that may be.

In order to better understand local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, everyone was invited to a series of events being held as part of Reconciliation Week celebrations. These included:

  • a Flag Raising Ceremony
  • a Guided walk through the Melton Botanic Garden to explore local Indigenous plants
  • the art exhibition Djiwarr and related programs.  

Reconciliation Action Plan

The focus of the Melton City Council Reconciliation Action Plan(PDF, 6MB) (RAP) is to build on the achievements and learning’s of the previous RAP and put the Melton City Council Reconciliation Policy(PDF, 9MB) in to action.

This RAP draws on the needs identified by the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, the findings of the RAP 2010-2014 Review, and community views on reconciliation in the City of Melton.

The Action Plan aims to:

  • support the creation of an Aboriginal Community Hub
  • increase Council staff’s understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures
  • investigate ways to better promote the history and heritage of the City of Melton
  • develop an Indigenous Employment Strategy.

Reconciliation Advisory Committee (RAC)

The Melton City Council Reconciliation Advisory Committee (RAC) meets four times a year to provide advice to Council on:

  • the implementation of Council’s Reconciliation Policy
  • the development of Annual Reconciliation Action Plans
  • overcoming barriers to reconciliation
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community priorities.

The RAC is chaired by a Councillor and consists of representatives of:

  • The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community (x4)
  • Registered Aboriginal Parties (x2)
  • Kirrip Aboriginal Corporation (x1)
  • Melton City Council’s Community Planning Area (x2).

If you would like to get a local Reconciliation initiative going, please contact our Aboriginal Community Engagement Officer at annettev@melton.vic.gov.au or call 9747 7200.