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Reconciliation action plan signals ongoing commitment

Central West Local Land Services marked the launch of the statewide Local Land Services Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) with a ceremony at Dubbo's Victoria Park last Wednesday.

Central West Local Land Services Board member, Ross Sawtell said the RAP was an important step in demonstrating Local Land Services’ commitment to improving reconciliation.

“The RAP clearly identifies ways to foster partnerships and relationships that focus on embracing diversity, enhancing respect and providing equitable opportunities for—and with—First Nations peoples across NSW,” Mr Sawtell said.

“Its adoption signals that we are committed to delivering services that support Aboriginal people to care for Country and share traditional land management knowledge.”

Wednesday’s launch included a smoking ceremony by Lewis Burns and involved the Dubbo Local Aboriginal Land Council, with bush tucker provided by Wellington’s Dreamtime Tucker and Dubbo’s Mama Carrs CHLP.

Central West Local Land Services General Manager, Andrew Mulligan said it was significant that the ceremony was held at Victoria Park, which has a strong link to the local Aboriginal people.

“The Victoria Park area has a long history of significance for the traditional owners of the Dubbo area and is one of many important sites across the region,” Mr Mulligan said.

“This statewide plan originated in the central west and the consultation sessions across all 11 regions were coordinated by staff from our region, so it is very much a document that comes from the heart of the local people.”

The RAP boasts original artwork, created for Local Land Services by GIlimbaa artist, Rachael Sarra of the Goreng Goreng people, that shows 11 regions connecting together, creating growth in their communities through collaboration.

The regions are depicted as connecting, growing and protecting our land, our communities and our culture to create generational change together.

More than 2,700 individuals and local Aboriginal groups were engaged through 57 consultations across NSW to help develop practical actions that build respectful relationships and create opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people under the RAP.

The Local Land Services Board has endorsed the 2018 - 2020 RAP as a solid foundation for the organisation’s ongoing commitment to support local Aboriginal communities, organisations, programs, events and the adoption of respectful protocols.

This project is supported by Local Land Services, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia.

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Media contact: Donna Ambler, Central West Local Land Services, Phone: 0400 258 690