- Last updated:
- 11 Dec 2016
Council adopted the Sunshine Coast Reconciliation Action Plan 2011-2016 at its Ordinary Meeting on 7 December 2011.
The aim of the plan is to promote understanding between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and other Australians living on the Sunshine Coast.
Council recognises and values Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders for their positive inputs to this region. Their community have a connection in history, heritage and culture.
It is the goal of the plan that council will continue to work in partnership with:
- all levels of government
- non-government agencies
- the community.
This will assist to build a strong Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness throughout the region.
By endorsing the plan, council makes a commitment to the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples. Council hopes to create an inclusive community that respects the culture, history and heritage of its people.
To deliver services to the community, council has established relationships with:
- traditional owners
The plan was developed through involved discussions and meetings with the local community. This included:
- online surveys
- public forums
- targeted engagement.
The plan was available for comment during November 2011.
Constitutional recognition of First Peoples
At the 2014 Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) Annual Conference, councils unanimously resolved to develop a website to provide factual details about the upcoming referendum on constitutional recognition of Australia’s First Peoples.
The LGAQ subsequently collaborated with a Queensland Volunteer Working Group which was supported by ANTaR and Reconciliation Queensland to develop the Recognise Australia’s First Peoples website.
This site was specifically designed to elevate understanding and discussion at a grass roots level of the referendum and any implications arising from it.
This website provides factual background and other information to the proposed referendum and gives access to a range of articles by prominent Australians both for and against constitutional recognition. It was officially launched on Thursday, 22 October 2015 by Ms Mary Graham, prominent educator, philosopher, writer and human rights campaigner and Uncle Bill Buchanan, Co-Chair, Reconciliation Queensland Inc.
For more information, contact council’s Development Officer on (07) 5441 8385.