Installation of a permanent visual display of the Shire of Dardanup’s commitment to Reconciliation and governance that strives to be more inclusive of Aboriginal people was celebrated last week.
Staff and Aboriginal Elders gathered at the Administration Centre, Eaton for a Flag Raising Ceremony where the Aboriginal Flag was flown for the first time both outside and in Council Chambers alongside the Australian and Western Australian flags.
Prior to the flag-raising, Noongar Elder Dennis Jetta addressed guests by saying he was confident the move would bring about a change in the relationship between the Shire of Dardanup and local Aboriginal people.
“Together we can change our community and demonstrate to the world that we are a great nation of people,” Mr Jetta said.
In his address, Dardanup Shire President Mick Bennett said the step had been taken ahead of the adoption soon by local governments in the Bunbury Geographe region of a joint Reconciliation Action Plan.
It is hoped that today’s ceremony and the ongoing flying of the Aboriginal Flag at our Administration Centre demonstrates the Shire of Dardanup’s support for the Plan.
The Reconciliation Action Plan or RAP, as its being called, is a regional business plan and will provide a blue-print documenting practical strategies and actions for ensuring our contribution to reconciliation in Australia.