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Reconciliation Action Plan launch in Griffith

Riverina Local Land Services will be launching the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in Griffith, NSW on Wednesday 30 May 2018 following the official launch held in the Blue Mountains on Monday 28 May 2018.

General Manager of Riverina Local Land Services, Rob Kelly, said the RAP was an important step in demonstrating Local Land Services’ commitment to improving reconciliation.

“The RAP clearly identifies ways to foster partnerships and relationships that focus on embracing diversity, enhancing respect and providing equitable opportunities for and with First Nations peoples across NSW,” Mr Kelly said.

“Riverina Local Land Services is taking steps to ensure that across the 14 locations within the region, we are working on and helping others to care for Country in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

“Our region broadly aligns with Wiradjuri country so we recognise the unique, diverse and enduring cultures of our First Nations peoples which have enriched our lives. We will continue to provide our staff with opportunities to learn about and embrace these important aspects of Australia’s past, present and future as we incorporate the Reconciliation Action Plan into Local Land Services day to day operations,” he said.

The RAP boasts original artwork, created for Local Land Services by GIlimbaa artist, Rachael Sarra of the Goreng Goreng people, which shows the 11 Local Land Services regions connecting together, creating growth in their communities through collaboration.

The regions are depicted as connecting, growing and protecting our land, our communities and our culture to create generational change together.

The Local Land Services Board has endorsed the 2018-2020 RAP as a solid foundation for the organisation’s ongoing commitment to support local Aboriginal communities, organisations, programs, events and the adoption of respectful protocols.

This project is supported by Local Land Services, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia.

The launch will be held at the NSW Rural Fire Service at 12:30pm where members of the local Aboriginal community will be attending a cultural burning workshop. If you wish to find out more about the launch of the RAP please contact Hannah Ritchie on 02 6923 6315.

Media contact: Hannah Ritchie, Riverina Local Land Services, 02 6923 6315 or Hannah.ritchie@lls.nsw.gov.au