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Whyalla City Council Takes Historic Step, Launching Reconciliation Action Plan

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Last week marked a historic moment for the Whyalla City Council, with the launch of the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

This RAP has been developed in the spirit of respect, reconciliation and acknowledgement of the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which the city of Whyalla is built.

The idea for the RAP and motion was put forward by former Councillor Tim Breuer and approved unanimously by the previous Council.

The framework aims for the township to grow and strengthen relationships between different communities.

Mayor Clare McLaughlin officially revealed the "Reflect" RAP and it's image during the launch. 

“[The RAP] is based on the core pillars of relationship, respect and opportunities and about turning our good intentions into action."

“I am proud to say Whyalla is one of just a few regional Councils, and the only Council on the Eyre Peninsula, to have such a reconciliation plan.”

The RAP outlines a greater need for building relationships, celebrating identity, developing a deeper understanding of cultural protocols and ensuring an increased participation in leadership roles.

Actions and timeframes are the key element to this plan, with the Council committed to actioning all "relationship, respect and opportunity" objectives.

Mayor McLauglin also gave special mention to the "spectacular" RAP artwork. 

“The artwork was created by Barngarla artists and sisters Debra Brown and Jeanne Miller." 

“The artwork is a representation of the desert meeting the sea, reflecting Whyalla’s location on the Eyre Peninsula and our connection with local communities."

“Debra and Jeanne hope the artwork will bring people of all cultures together in the spirit of reconciliation.”

For more information on Whyalla City Council's Reconciliation Action Plan, or to view Debra Brown and Jeanne Miller's artwork, please see here

Photo: Council members of the Reconciliation Action Plan committee, Deb Hughes, Ryan Sutherland, Chris Cowley, Jenny Barnes, Sam Bourne, Paul Mazourek, Mayor McLauglin, Councillor Tamy Pond and Jade Grund. Source: Whyalla News

Written by Erin Connellan