The City of Perth is focused on the journey towards reconciliation after launching its first Reconciliation Action Plan) in May 2018.

The Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is about organisations from every sector turning good intentions into real actions and rising to the challenge of reconciling Australia. A RAP is a framework that uses a holistic approach to create meaningful relationships, enhanced respect and promote sustainable opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The RAP program includes a series of frameworks, each offering a different level of engagement and support. These levels are; Reflect, Innovate, Stretch and Elevate.

Developing and implementing a Reflect RAP allows the City of Perth (the City) to focus on building relationships both internally and externally whilst raising awareness with our stakeholders to ensure there is a shared understanding and ownership of our RAP. Throughout the actions in the Reflect RAP, the City has a strong focus on building the foundations for relationships, respect and opportunities, whilst focusing on building a positive internal culture and awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, particularly Nyoongar cultures.

The City has a long history of carrying out projects and activities that recognise history and culture, however until now, has had no formal reconciliation framework in place. The last 12 months have been a long journey filled with learning and discovery of histories and cultures as the City developed its first RAP.

The City would like to thank its Consultants, Danny Ford and Rose Walley from Kambarang Services, and Tim Muirhead from CSD Network. Without their guidance, strong relationships with the Aboriginal community, and tireless commitment and enthusiasm it would not have been possible to bring the City’s RAP to its current stage. In addition, the City would like to recognise all members of both the Internal and External Reference Groups for their sharing of knowledge and commitment of the City’s journey to reconciliation.

A copy of the City’s Reconciliation Action Plan can be found here.

Questions relating to the City’s Reconciliation Action Plan should be directed to Community Services on PH: 9461 3145.

Koorden by Rod Garlett, Richie Kuhaupt & Fred Chaney; City of Perth Public Art Collection; image courtesy of Frances Andrijich Photography and Perth Public Art Foundation

Koorden is Noongar for strength and is the Noongar name of the red gum tree – a strong and resilient timber. These six male figures, standing in the heart of Perth on an important ceremonial site, represent all Noongar people. This place was also a source of water and food for the local Wadjuk people for thousands of years. The six men are distinguished, and represented by their unique and highly significant body markings.

Image credit: Koorden by Rod Garlett, Richie Kuhaupt & Fred Chaney; City of Perth Public Art Collection; image courtesy of Frances Andrijich Photography and Perth Public Art Foundation.