Cultural plan gets final tick

TEAMWORK: Council's Reconciliation Working Group. From left: Sam Bourne (Council), Jade Grund (Council), Chelsea Lieberwirth (SAPOL) Deb Hughes (Council), Paul Mazourek (Council), Ryan Sutherland (community), Tamy Pond (elected member), Jenny Barnes (Council) and Mayor Clare McLaughlin.
TEAMWORK: Council's Reconciliation Working Group. From left: Sam Bourne (Council), Jade Grund (Council), Chelsea Lieberwirth (SAPOL) Deb Hughes (Council), Paul Mazourek (Council), Ryan Sutherland (community), Tamy Pond (elected member), Jenny Barnes (Council) and Mayor Clare McLaughlin.

The City of Whyalla has received final endorsement for its inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

Whyalla is leading the way in regional South Australia as one of the first councils to implement this cultural plan that reflects Council's commitment to reconciliation.

Whyalla Mayor Clare McLaughlin congratulated Council staff and the community for their input into formulating the RAP. Mayor McLaughlin and Councillor Tamy Pond are members of Council's Reconciliation Working Group.

The RAP, which will be launched next week after endorsement from Reconciliation Australia, is the blueprint for Council moving forward in a spirit of cultural co-operation. As part of the process, Council staff have already undergone cultural awareness training earlier this year.

Mayor McLaughlin said she was proud to be presenting the RAP next week which will lay the foundation for Council and its staff to incorporate cultural awareness in their everyday working lives.

"Based on the core pillars of relationship, respect and opportunities, the 'Reflect' RAP is about turning our good intentions into action," Mayor McLaughlin said.

"Our Reconciliation Working Group was formed to guide the process and to offer collective support and responsibilities whilst providing an avenue to work cohesively with community representatives.

"With the development of this 'Reflect" RAP, we are continuing our ongoing reconciliation journey."

To be revealed at the launch, Barngarla artists Jeanne Miller and Debra Brown have produced an amazing piece of artwork that encapsulates the spirit of the RAP.

The two talented artists pooled their talent to produce a stunning dot painting that will become the lasting image of Whyalla's RAP and an image they hope will spread the message of reconciliation throughout the Eyre Peninsula.

Jeanne and Debra's image is a representation of the desert meeting the sea that fits in with Whyalla's location on the Eyre Peninsula and many other communities in our area.

Following Wednesday's launch the RAP document will be available on Council's website.