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Reconciliation Action Plan Community Consultation Albury and Surrounds

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Murray Local Land Services - Albury Office

931 Garland Avenue

North Albury, NSW 2640

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We are in the process of developing our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Our goal is to establish a solid foundation that strengthens our ongoing commitment to support local Aboriginal communities, organisations, programs and events.

We want to adopt respectful protocols and review our employment and procurement strategies.

LLS is conducting regional consultation workshops to help inform the plan. The first workshop to occur in the Murray region will be in Albury on the 22 November 2017, commencing with lunch at 12.30. The actual workshop will be about 90 minutes.

This invitation is targeting interested stakeholders to gather input into the plan and to identify opportunities to work collaboratively towards reconciliation.

Aboriginal community members (who are not in full time employment) and who attend will be compensated with a choice of a Woolworths Gift Card or a Caltex Fuel Card and a beautiful lunch carefully prepared by me!

An online survey has also been developed to assist, and the survey can be found here http://open.lls.nsw.gov.au/RAP

When you register, I will send you a copy of the Draft Reconciliation Action Plan and contact you to discuss any dietry requirements and your choice for compensation.

Who is conducting the consultation session?

Uncle Bill Buchanan, is a descendant of the Kooma/Gwamu First Nation Peoples of SW Qld, a former Aboriginal Co-Chair and State Coordinator (Constitutional Recognition Coalition) at Reconciliation Queensland (RQI). Uncle Bill is a serving Aboriginal Elder/Respected Person of the Murri Courts in Queensland and an Ambassador of the National Indigenous Cancer Network (NICaN).

Uncle Bill is also acknowledged as a strategic and conceptual thinker with keen interests in the application of corporate social responsibility investment strategies to achieve reconciliation and equity. He is keen to see all levels of business and government adopt the key recommendations of the recent ‘State of Reconciliation in Australia’ report into their corporate programs and practise (http://www.rqi.org.au/rqi-management-committee/).

Who should attend the consultation sessions?

We are keen to hear from Aboriginal communities and from groups and individuals with an interest in reconciliation. We are also talking to our staff, board members and representatives on our community advisory committees to understand their views and gather their ideas

Can I still have a say if I can’t get to one of your consultation sessions?

If you can’t get to one of our sessions, please complete our online survey.

Why should I attend the RAP consultations?

We would like to hear views from anyone with an interest in reconciliation. We are keen to learn what you think about the process, whether you agree or disagree with the proposed actions and the impact or changes you believe our actions might bring about.

What happens after the consultations?

A final draft, incorporating feedback from the consultations, will be prepared and sent to Reconciliation Action Australia for their comment. The Local Land Services Board will then be asked to endorse the RAP. We plan to launch our first RAP during Reconciliation Week in 2018.

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Murray Local Land Services - Albury Office

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