New plan to promote reconciliation
Find out about Council's Reconciliation Action Plan.
This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 54 - March 2017.
A raft of new initiatives to embed reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people into the way the City of Marion works are set to be rolled out.
The recently launched Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) contains 27 actions which include hosting events during National Reconciliation and NAIDOC weeks, providing work experience opportunities, hosting art exhibitions, and promoting participation in local sport.
The three-year plan has been developed with input from the Kaurna community, Elected Members and staff.
The new plan was launched in December to coincide with the unveiling of a specially commissioned artwork in Council Chambers.
Cultural Sustainability by Allan Sumner is a computer generated artwork displayed in two parts that celebrates Kaurna culture with images of artefacts and ancient sites.
City of Marion general manager operations Tony Lines said the artwork symbolises the organisation’s commitment to reconciliation.
"Cultural Sustainability is a stunning artwork that takes pride of place in the Council Chambers," Mr Lines said.
"The City of Marion is proud to be one of about 650 organisations throughout Australia that guide our actions with a RAP.
"In 2013, Marion was among the first councils in South Australia to adopt a RAP and is now building on that initial work with this new plan.
"Reconciliation Australia launched RAPs in 2006. One of the aims is to reduce the 17-year life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
View the Reconciliation Action Plan 2016-19.
City Limits Magazine
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