Reconciliation

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

Reconciliation is about ‘a united Australia which respects this land of ours, values Aboriginal and/or 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. 

Every one of us has a role to play when it comes to Reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures.

Council hopes to increase community conversation, understanding and engagement in working towards Reconciliation.

Reconciliation Action Plan

The focus of the Melton City Council Reconciliation Action Plan(PDF, 6MB) (RAP) is 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.

The current RAP finished on 30 June 2021 and we are soon to start community consultations on building the next iteration.  Regular updates on this development will be posted on this page.

Reconciliation Advisory Committee (RAC)

The Melton City Council Reconciliation Advisory Committee (RAC) convenes a minimum of four meetings per year to provide advice to Council on:

  • the implementation of Council’s Reconciliation Policy
  • the development of Annual Reconciliation Action Plans
  • on issues and barriers that negatively affect the Reconciliation process and identify opportunities for positive progress
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community priorities.

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

  • Melton Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community members (x5)
  • Local Melton community members (x2)
  • Registered Aboriginal Parties (x3)
  • Kirrip Aboriginal Corporation (x1)
  • Melton City Council's Community Planning Department (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.