Town of Narrogin Reconciliation Action Plan 2009 – 2011 by fvp12618

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									                                     Town of Narrogin
                          Reconciliation Action Plan 2009 – 2011

                                        ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF NOONGAR PEOPLE
                        The Town of Narrogin acknowledges the Noongar people as traditional custodians
                        of this land and their continuing connection to land and community. We pay our
                        respect to them, to their culture and to their Elders past and present.




Our Mission Statement                    ADVANCE TOWARDS ONE NARROGIN COMMUNITY

Our vision for reconciliation
To recognise, embrace and enhance Noongar cultures, histories and heritage in the Narrogin region, by including Noongar people in
all aspects of our community to enable us to learn from each other and develop real awareness, understanding, appreciation and
respect. Moving from exclusion to inclusion of the whole community is healing for all.

Our business
The Town of Narrogin (TON) is the Local Government authority for the town and its community of 4,700 people of various
nationalities and cultures. The Town of Narrogin’s core business is to provide infrastructure, waste management, recreation facilities
and community services. The Town of Narrogin provides employment to 105 people from a diverse range of cultures.

Our RAP
The Town of Narrogin is committed to developing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to help “close the gap”, the unacceptable gap in
life expectancy between Indigenous and other Australian children, and has taken a proactive approach to working with the
community to establish a community based committee that will pave the way for a united Narrogin.
Nominations were called from the community through advertising, with 15 respondents whose nominations were subsequently
endorsed by Council. Seven Noongar people, plus three people with Aboriginal Heritage or connection were among the nominations.
The Mayor, two elected members and the Director of Corporate & Community Services were also endorsed by Council to be members
of the committee. The Committee is supported by a Reconciliation Australia RAP agent and the Department of Indigenous Affairs.
Secretarial support is provided by the Town of Narrogin.
Representation from Noongar people on the RAP committee will ensure that they will take a leadership role in the development and
implementation of all RAP actions and that they will bring to the committee environment the thoughts and ideas of local Noongar
people and the wider Aboriginal community.
The RAP committee will develop a RAP that will establish and maintain meaningful relationships with Noongar people that will assist
Council in its Mission to Advance Towards One Narrogin Community.
Success of the Town of Narrogin’s Reconciliation Action Plan will be achieved through:
          Respect for Noongar people and their history and culture;
          Use of local resources to create proactive local solutions to local problems;
          Ensuring that Noongar people have equal opportunities to participate in the economic, educational,
          health and decision making spheres of the community
Relationships         The Town of Narrogin values meaningful relationships with Noongar people, ensuring our community is
                      inclusive and all residents have the same opportunities to prosper.

Focus area:   Establishing strong relationships that are mutually beneficial for the Town of Narrogin and the Community.
Action                                    Responsibility        Timeline      Measurable Target

1. Form a RAP Committee comprising        Town of Narrogin’s    Apr 2009       Working Group established.
   Noongar and non Noongar                Director of                          Group meetings held monthly.
   community members.                     Corporate                            Report back to Council members on progress
                                          &Community                            monthly following meeting.
                                          Services (DCCS)
2. Conduct two public forums to           RAP Action                           Two Public forums arranged and advertised in
                                                                Mar 2010
   promote the RAP in Narrogin.           committee                             local paper, attendance least 5% of community.
                                                                And Dec
         Hold discussions on what we’re                                        At least two guest speakers identified for each
   •                                                            2010
          doing and why.                                                        meeting.
   •     Noongar people to tell their                                          Record kept of ideas generated and information
          stories.                                                              provided to Narrogin Observer.
   •     Invite community members to                                           Number of Noongar people attending and
          ask what they can do to help.                                         presenting at public forums.
                                                                               At least 5% of total community members
                                                                                attending meetings and generating ideas.

3. TON to work with a local Aboriginal    TON - DCCS and        Feb 2010       Joint proposal developed to provide a night-time
   Corporation to develop a proposal      Community                             on-the-street support service for Noongar youth.
                                                                Feb 2010
   for a Noongar Youth Patrol service     Development Officer
                                                                               Funding opportunities explored
   to be established in the town.         (CDO)
Respect             Showing respect to Noongar people is critical to the Town of Narrogin. As community leaders we will show
                    respect to Noongar people, their culture, history and stories and will encourage the community to value joint
                    contributions from Noongar people to the economic, education, health and decision making spheres that
                    influence the local community.

Focus area: Celebrating and sharing success of the local Noongar people with the whole community.

Action                                   Responsibility          Timeline        Measurable Target

1. Provide Cultural Awareness training   TON Manager             Dec 2010         All staff trained
   for all Town of Narrogin staff by a   Corporate Services
                                                                                  As numbers allow new staff to be trained
   Noongar training provider.            (MCS)

2. Protocols developed for               TON – DCCS & MCS        Report           Protocols developed
   acknowledging Traditional                                     annually         Website updated
   custodians and Welcome to Country                                              Letterheads updated
   for the Town of Narrogin council.
    All Standing Committee and
     Ordinary Council meetings                                                   Presiding Members at all committee and council
     acknowledge Traditional                                                     meetings verbally acknowledge Noongar people as
     custodians.                                                                 traditional custodians of this land.
    Significant meetings will hold a                            Report          Number of significant meetings attended by
     Welcome to Country by a                                     annually        Noongar elder will be reported annually.
     Noongar elder from the Narrogin                             Dec 2009        Acknowledgement placed on TON letterhead
     region.
    TON letterheads will have a                                 Dec 2009        Acknowledgement on TON website
     statement acknowledging
     Traditional custodians.
    Website updated acknowledging
     Noongar people as the
     Traditional custodians of the
Respect               Showing respect to Noongar people is critical to the Town of Narrogin. As community leaders we will show
                      respect to Noongar people, their culture, history and stories and will encourage the community to value joint
                      contributions from Noongar people to the economic, education, health and decision making spheres that
                      influence the local community.

Focus area: Celebrating and sharing success of the local Noongar people with the whole community.

Action                                     Responsibility          Timeline        Measurable Target
         Narrogin region.

3. Installation of flag pole and           Director of Corporate   July 2009        Flag pole erected.
   Aboriginal flag in front of Town of     and Community                            Aboriginal flag flown at all times, half mast
   Narrogin Administration building.       Services                                  when appropriate.
   In consultation, flag to be flown at
                                           TON Corporate           From Jul         On advice from the Aboriginal community the
   half mast when a local Noongar
                                           Secretary               2009              Aboriginal flag flown to be flown at half mast
   Elder passes away.

4. TON and DIA to participate in        RAP Action Committee       July 2010        Contact made with each school in Narrogin.
   existing school based PALS + ‘Racism and DIA nominated                           At least two schools involved in PALs
   No Way’ programs to address racial   representative                               ambassador workshops scheduled with DIA.
   issues through:
    visits to schools
    contact with P&C’s
    PALS Ambassador workshops

5. Aboriginal art displayed in the         TON Regional            June 2010        Art and information on artist displayed in
   Council building.                       Librarian, TON                            Council Library art gallery.
                                           Managers and TAFE                        Permission from local artist to use art on
                                                                                     Council RAP
Respect            Showing respect to Noongar people is critical to the Town of Narrogin. As community leaders we will show
                   respect to Noongar people, their culture, history and stories and will encourage the community to value joint
                   contributions from Noongar people to the economic, education, health and decision making spheres that
                   influence the local community.

Focus area: Celebrating and sharing success of the local Noongar people with the whole community.

Action                                   Responsibility         Timeline        Measurable Target

6. Promote involvement in NAIDOC         TON CDO and NAIDOC     Dec 2009         Narrogin NAIDOC week committee formed.
   week.                                 week committee                          Programmes with library staff established.
    Town library to work with                                                   Noongar history recorded and available
     Noongar Elders to showcase          RAP Action committee   Dec 2009        All three junior schools in Narrogin invited to
     Noongar history.                    and Community Arts                     submit NAIDOC art for display at the Narrogin
    Art display from school children    Network WA (CANWA)                     library art gallery.
     from the town.                      representative
    Organise walk from Town of          RAP Action             Dec 2009        Walk to Memorial Park advertised in local paper.
     Narrogin to Memorial Park.          committee and                          Walk headed by Mayor and Narrogin Noongar
                                         CANWA representative                   Elders.

7. Town of Narrogin website updated      TON Corporate          Feb 2010        Website content is updated with current
   to include Aboriginal (Noongar)       secretary                              information provided by Noongar community
   history of places, people and                                                members.
   events.

8. Establish a working group with        TON CEO, DCCS, RAP     Jul 2010         Working group established
   Noongar community members to          Action committee and
                                                                                 Concept plan approved by Council and
   develop a Cultural Heritage Keeping   members of local
                                                                                  community.
   Place for spiritual and cultural      Noongar community
   needs.                                                                        Funding sources identified and applications
                                                                                  submitted.
Respect                 Showing respect to Noongar people is critical to the Town of Narrogin. As community leaders we will show
                        respect to Noongar people, their culture, history and stories and will encourage the community to value joint
                        contributions from Noongar people to the economic, education, health and decision making spheres that
                        influence the local community.

Focus area: Celebrating and sharing success of the local Noongar people with the whole community.

Action                                         Responsibility           Timeline     Measurable Target
  Heritage project to include tourist          RAP Action Committee                  Building plans approved
  facility, café and meeting rooms,
                                                                        July 2015    Building complete and open
  providing employment opportunities
  for Noongar community members
  from Narrogin.

9. Work with Library staff, Elders and         TON Regional             Mar 2010     Project scope developed.
   children to research the history of         Librarian and            Jul 2010     Proposal developed for cadetship through Noongar
   Noongar people in Narrogin.                 CANWA
                                                                                     Cadetship Support (ICS) ISC.
                                               Representative
      Approach Universities to obtain
                                                                        Jul 2012     History available on Council website and in book
      services of a Historian to look at the
                                                                                     form.
      Noongar history of the region.
  Proposal developed for consideration RAP Action Committee
  of scholarships for Noongar students                                               Proposal for process for access to scholarships for
                                                                        Dec 2010
  to access tertiary education.                                                      tertiary education by Noongar students developed

10.    Acknowledgement and recognition RAP Action committee
      of Noongar cultural heritage in  CANWA representative
      Narrogin district through:       Kooraminning
                                       Aboriginal Corporation
       Map Noongar heritage sites
       Naming new streets with                plus qualified Noongar   Dec 2010     Map of heritage sites in and around Narrogin
        Noongar names/people                   culture historian                     available
                                                                        Jul 2011     At least three new streets with significant Noongar
Respect             Showing respect to Noongar people is critical to the Town of Narrogin. As community leaders we will show
                    respect to Noongar people, their culture, history and stories and will encourage the community to value joint
                    contributions from Noongar people to the economic, education, health and decision making spheres that
                    influence the local community.

Focus area: Celebrating and sharing success of the local Noongar people with the whole community.

Action                                   Responsibility          Timeline        Measurable Target
    Plaques in Noongar language                                                 names
     identifying fauna from the region RAP Action committee      Dec 2010        At least ten plaques located on trees to identify
     at parks in Narrogin              and qualified Noongar                     local Noongar tree names
                                       arborologist

11. Launch RAP to the Community.         TON DCCS, CDO & RAP     March 2010       Event advertised in local paper.
                                         Action Committee
                                                                                  Internal newsletter to encourage all TON staff
                                                                                   to attend.
                                                                                  RAP published on the TON website.
                                                                                  At least 100 people at ceremony

12.Develop protocols for consultation    DCCS & RAP Action       June 2010       Protocols developed and implemented.
   between Noongar people and            Committee
   Council.

13.Develop a Newsletter on the RAP       Town of Narrogin        Dec 2009         Newsletter developed.
   process and display on the Town of    Secretary                                Produced quarterly.
   Narrogin website.

14.Articles placed in the Narrogin       RAP Action Committee    Quarterly       Newspaper is provided with a RAP successes update
   Observer on the TON’s RAP with        & TON Secretary         from Dec        quarterly.
   quarterly updates on actions.                                 2009
Opportunities         By creating economic and employment opportunities for Noongar people, the Town of Narrogin will promote and
                      ensure equality and diversity within the workforce. These opportunities will help to close the unacceptable life
                      expectancy gap between Noongar people and other Australian people.

Focus area: Promotion of employment opportunities for Noongar people through development of connections with employers

Action                                  Responsibility             Timeline         Measurable Target

1. Town of Narrogin to develop a        TON DCCS and RAP           Dec 2010         Strategy developed for recruitment of at least two
   recruitment and retention            Action Committee                            Noongar staff members in 2009 -2011
   strategy. Employment
                                                                   Jun 2010         Sign up to Noongar Cadetship Support (ICS)
   opportunities provided through:
        Traineeships
        Apprenticeships
        Cadetships
        Direct recruitment

2. Regular Meetings with Narrogin       RAP Action Committee       Report            At least two meetings held each year
   Chamber of Commerce with                                        annually
                                                                                     At least two Noongar speakers involved in
   regard to employment
                                                                                      meetings each year
   opportunities for Noongar people
   in the town.
   Identify and invite non Chamber                                 Jul 2010         At least eight non Chamber employers attendance at
   of Commerce (C of C) to                                                          Chamber meeting during the year
   Chamber meetings
   Identify high profile Noongar        RAP Action Committee,      Jul 2010         At least one Noongar speaker at each targeted
   speakers to attend the C of C        Chamber members and                         Chamber meeting
   meetings to encourage                Noongar community
   Chamber’s support.                   members
                                                                                    At least two Noongar employment providers join
   Develop a database of Noongar        TON CEO, DCCS & CDO,       Dec 2010
                                                                                    Chamber of Commerce by 2011.
   based employers in Narrogin.
Opportunities       By creating economic and employment opportunities for Noongar people, the Town of Narrogin will promote and
                    ensure equality and diversity within the workforce. These opportunities will help to close the unacceptable life
                    expectancy gap between Noongar people and other Australian people.

Focus area: Promotion of employment opportunities for Noongar people through development of connections with employers

Action                                 Responsibility            Timeline         Measurable Target


                                       RAP Action committee &    Report           At least four articles in Narrogin Observer each year
                                       TON Secretary             annually         and regular TON RAP six monthly newsletter
3. Share successful employment
   stories with local businesses and
   surrounding Shires?

4. Research opportunity for            RAP Action committee      Dec 2010         Funding source identified.
   Noongar and non-Noongar group                                                  Proposal developed.
   to walk Kakoda trail.
Tracking progress and reporting

Action                            Responsibility    Timeline         Measurable Target

TON RAP is reported on and        RAP Action        Dec annually     RAP annual report provided to Reconciliation
refreshed annually.               Committee & TON                    Australia.
                                  Secretary
                                                    Dec annually     Refreshed RAP provided to Reconciliation Australia for
                                                                     review and comment.

                                                    Sept annually    RAP is approved by RA and published on TON website
                                                                     and on RA’s website.
Review of RAP and report on       RAP Action        Quarterly from   Quarterly reports to Corporate Executive and
progress to Council.              Committee & TON   July 2010        published on FPC Intranet.
                                  DCCS

								
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