Council Adopts Reconciliation Action Plan
Mount Isa City Council has taken a crucial step towards securing a leading role in reconciliation in the community by today adopting its Reconciliation Action Plan.
The action plan was developed by a 15-member working group that is chaired and deputy chaired by Indigenous long-term members of the Mount Isa community and includes Indigenous Council staff members.
The document outlines a number of objectives – each with several deliverable actions – for Council, including:
- Increasing the understanding, value and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories, knowledge and rights through cultural learning;
- Researching best practice and principles that support partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders and organisations;
- Improving employment outcomes by increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recruitment, retention and professional development;
- Providing appropriate support for the effective implementation of Reconciliation Action Plant commitments; and
- Increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander supplier diversity, to support improved economic and social outcomes.
Mayor Danielle Slade said the Reconciliation Action Plan will help to build a better and more equitable experience for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who live in and visit the community, now and in the future.
“Almost one-fifth of Council’s staff are Indigenous, and we are so pleased that some of them had an active role in the development of the Reconciliation Action Plan, including Marian Radecker and Derrick Cusack,” Cr Slade.
“There are significant opportunities and actionable goals listed in the action plan that will help to promote reconciliation in the community, strengthen relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders and organisations, and build respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories.
“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the working group for their outstanding efforts in putting together this action plan.”