City of Belmont’s inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2015-2017 was successfully launched on Wednesday, 3 June 2015.
The RAP has created an opportunity for the City of Belmont to clearly articulate its commitment and response to reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The City of Belmont is committed to and continues to work and support the local Aboriginal community by celebrating local Aboriginal art, cultures, histories and wellness. Connecting the City of Belmont to the local Aboriginal community and organisations will enable Aboriginal people to have their voices heard, thereby creating a safe environment in which Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples can live and work together.
The City of Belmont seeks to work in partnership with Aboriginal communities to further create ownership for initiatives within this RAP. The City of Belmont is grateful for the contributions from the City’s Aboriginal Advisory Group (AAG), community members, stakeholders and Reconciliation Australia to develop a meaningful and achievable Plan. The AAG consists of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members (throughout the Reconciliation Action Plan, the term ‘Aboriginal’ respectfully refers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities of Australia), City of Belmont staff and Council including the Mayor and Chief Executive Officer.
The City recognises the importance of meaningful engagement, mutual respect, creating trust and utilising culturally appropriate practices and protocols to truly understand the needs of local communities; to continue to build trust and create opportunities to develop positive outcomes.
To view the RAP, please click here.
About the Artwork
The artwork featured on the cover of the RAP was created by Nerolie Edith Blurton – a proud Badimia, Yamatji and Noongar woman.
“The river runs up the middle and branches off into the community. The Wargyl is connected to the river and reminds us of the Ancestors who are in the river as spirit people guiding us. Symbols of peace and harmony are connected to this. Wargyl’s back to represent all people, respecting our history and all respecting each other.” Nerolie Blurton
“The red corner is the lines of blood and each side coming together connected by the river. The large area in light green is the whole community, all its people and places. They come together at the main waterholes. Travelling to the waterholes to connect and understand each other. The turtle is a connection to the Belmont area which is placed in the orange to represent hope – as the sun rises.”
Please contact the City's Community Development team on 9477 7219 if you have any further queries.