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Reconciliation Action Plan

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The Huon Valley Council acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the South East Nation, the Melukerdee people of the Huon River and the Lyluequonny people of the Far South. We recognise their continuing connection to land, water and culture, and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

The Huon Valley Council is committed to strengthening our relationships and working partnerships with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, so that we can support their languages, culture and heritage to be respected, shared and celebrated into the future.

We have begun development of a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which will guide and drive our reconciliation efforts as an organisation.

We are starting out at a ‘Reflect’ stage, which means the plan will scope our capacity for reconciliation and set out actions that will prepare our organisation for the journey ahead.

Through a significant engagement process, we hope to understand the aspirations of the local Aboriginal community, the wider Huon Valley community, and our staff. The ideas and feedback received through this process will directly shape the actions set out in the RAP and influence how we approach them.

We are currently making contact with stakeholders so that we can listen to and seek to understand what their aspirations are for reconciliation action in our community, and how they want to see Council approach the RAP.

Image: From the Valley by Reuben Oates

November 2021

The Draft Reflect Reconciliation Plan is currently under review with Reconciliation Australia and it is now expected that the final document will be presented at the Ordinary Council Meeting 16 December 2021.

September 2021

Community feedback is now closed and the Draft Reflect Reconciliation Plan has been forwarded to Reconciliation Australia for further comment. It is expected that the final document will be presented at the November Council Meeting for final endorsement.

August 2021

The draft Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan was endorsed for community feedback at the August Council meeting and is now open for public review and comment.

June 2021

Representatives from our Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group have been privileged to sit with local Aboriginal community members and talk about how Council can support reconciliation.

View the conversations summary here 

Thank you to everyone who took the time to share what reconciliation means to you. Your feedback will help make sure the Reconciliation Action Plan makes a real difference in how we move forward together to protect and celebrate Aboriginal history and culture.

February 2021

In November last year the Huon Valley Council began developing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) at the ‘Reflect’ level to guide and drive our reconciliation efforts as an organisation.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the survey to tell us what you think Council could commit to in the plan.

View survey results summary

We are continuing conversations with local Aboriginal people to further our understanding and guide us as we plan our way forward.

December 2020

The Reconciliation Action Plan survey has now closed and is under review.

Key Dates

  • 11/11/2020 Consultation opens
  • 16/12/2020 Consultation closes
  • 27/8/2021 Draft open for community review and feedback
  • 20/9/2021 Closed for community review and feedback
  • 16/12/2021 Council Meeting

Project Cycle

  1. Survey opens
  2. Survey closes
  3. Review findings
  4. Council workshop
  5. Council Meeting - endorsed for Community Engagement
  6. Community Engagement on Draft RAP Plan
  7. Draft RAP Plan presented to Reconciliation Australia
  8. Under Review
  9. Council Meeting - Final Approval