Reconciliation Advisory Committee

Our Aboriginal Advisory Committee was renamed to the Reconciliation Advisory Committee (RAC).

The RAC advises and assists us in the development and implementation of our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), and the development of future Reconciliation Action Plans. The RAC also provides advice to the City on all matters that affect Aboriginal people within the City, particularly where we can have a direct influence.

The following Councillors will sit on this Committee for the term 2019-2021: Lorna Clarke, Stephanie Gray and Sally Palmer. Six community members were also appointed to the RAC, following an expression of interest process.

Reconciliation Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public. Meeting dates for 2020 are as follows:

  • 4 March 2020
  • 3 June 2020
  • 2 September 2020
  • 2 December 2020

To view the meeting minutes of the RAC, visit the link below.

Please note: due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, Council made a decision to temporarily suspend RAC Committee meetings until end of July 2020, at which point a review will be undertaken to see if an extension of the suspension period is required.

If you have any questions regarding this temporary change, please contact us on 9272 0621.


National Reconciliation Week

Australia has been celebrating National Reconciliation Week from 27 May to 3 June every year for the past 20 years. National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

National Reconciliation Week commemorates two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey – the 1967 Referendum acknowledging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the High Court Mabo decision, respectively.

This year's theme is ‘In This Together’ and we are all encouraged to reflect on the part we have played on our journey towards reconciliation.

Some of our Reconciliation Advisory Committee members have shared their reflections for 2020 National Reconciliation Week:

"This year National Reconciliation Weeks theme is “In This Together” and there’s no more apt time than now, with Covid-19. We all have had to make big efforts to minimise the spread of the disease by working together, recognising and respecting other’s needs, recognising the potential impacts on others of illness, recognising this illness can mean death. So, I draw parallels with Reconciliation – no one person alone is responsible, no one group of people are responsible. We are All In This Together – every single one of us must work together to recognise and respect the needs of others, recognise the impacts of intergenerational trauma, recognise that this trauma can lead to significant mental health issues and even death, just like Covid-19. It means choosing to listen with empathy, not judgement, it means choosing to engage with Aboriginal people in your community, your workplace, your homes. You don’t know what you don’t know, so go out and learn! Participate in community events, go on an Aboriginal tour, learn some Aboriginal art techniques, talk to your Aboriginal colleagues, buy some art, even a t-shirt or a tea cup, and make it the usual practise for non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal people to have relationships, and form a stronger community." 

- Shem Garlett and Lisa Bruyninckx 

"I understand when other Aboriginal people say that they have done nothing wrong and therefore have nothing to reconcile. I believe that if mainstream Australia is receptive to true Reconciliation they will prevent future wrongs."

- Pearl Chaloupka

"To me, National Reconciliation Week is about creating a space where the stories of our First Australians can be shared and heard. It's about acknowledging and celebrating the role of our First Nations cultures at the heart of Australia's identity. And it's about working together to create a future where every Australian has equal opportunities. In these challenging times, I invite everyone in the City of Bayswater community to think about innovative ways of incorporating these three activities into your week. It might be sharing a video of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander history with your kids, showing your support by signing a petition or learning some words of Noongar. Let's work together to make this NRW one to remember."

- Clare Goodall

"I’m looking forward to National Reconciliation Week. It’s a time to look back on our histories, reflect on the Uluru Statement from the Heart and how we can work together towards reconciliation with grace, forgiveness and friendship. I’m so proud that the City of Bayswater has the Uluru Statement in its foyer and that we continue on our journey towards reconciliation through our Reconciliation Action Plan."

- Cr Lorna Clarke

"This year’s National Reconciliation Week theme; “In This Together” is one that resonates closely with my personal experiences. In my life both within Council and in other areas, I value the time, understandings and knowledge I have gained from members of the Aboriginal community who share their stories so generously. Sharing this gift of time and knowledge between community members brings us closer together in the journey of reconciliation. I hope we can continue to learn and grow together in understanding."

- Cr Stephanie Gray

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